go·​ing | \ ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce going (audio) , ˈgȯ(-)iŋ\

Definition of going

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of going
2 goings plural : behavior, actions for his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings — Job 34:21 (King James Version)
3 : the condition of the ground (as for walking)
4 : advance toward an objective when the going gets tough



Definition of going (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : that goes often used in combination easygoingoutgoing
b : working, moving everything was in going order
2 : living, existing the best novelist going
3 : current, prevailing going price
4 : conducting business with the expectation of indefinite continuance a going concern
going on
: drawing near to : approaching is six years old going on seven

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Examples of going in a Sentence


Debris in the street made the going difficult. The going got better as we neared the town. She wrote four books in two years, and that's pretty good going by any standards!


He's the best novelist going. what's the going price for a good used washing machine?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Paired with a swirl of bronzer, nude lip gloss, and slicked-back platinum lengths, let Ora’s opaque black liner guide your creative hands for a going-out vibe this weekend: beauty challenge accepted. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Rita Ora Takes This Versace-Approved Makeup Statement for a Spin," 17 Jan. 2019 Still, the vibe is more low-key relative to yesterday's goings-on. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 26 Dec. 2018 This was a big one for designer comings and goings, with debuts at Celine (Hedi Slimane), Burberry (Riccardo Tisci), and Louis Vuitton menswear (Virgil Abloh), in addition to Jones’s arrival at Dior Men. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 5 Most Trending Runway Shows of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 The going-out-of-business sale is being advertised on Gump’s website. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "157-Year-Old Department Store Gump’s Begins Store-Closing Sale," 13 Aug. 2018 The latter is holding a going-out-of-business sale scheduled to end this week, as Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the U.S. are scheduled to close by Friday at the latest, Fortune magazine reported Monday. David Anderson, The Aegis, "What's next for Bel Air's Tollgate Marketplace as Toys 'R' Us closing nears," 26 June 2018 The going-out-of-business sale at Turner’s Sportsfair -- Boise’s only establishment selling fishing tackle and pouring drinks -- is very particular. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "This is the last call for another Boise icon, home of fishing reels and PBR | Idaho Statesman," 13 Apr. 2018 The going hasn’t been entirely smooth, but being a president’s daughter has its privileges. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "When Will Ivanka Trump Stop Getting Excused for Screwing Up?," 20 Nov. 2018 Once the boys completed the underwater portion of their journey, which took around two hours, the going was easier — though still challenging. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Her casual, easy-going attire helps the contestants feel at ease and lets their handicrafts shine. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "Amy Poehler's Making It Overalls Are the Only Pure Thing Left in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 His work hasn’t been shown by major art museums or sold in auctions outside of eBay , where the going rate for an original is about $8,000 to $15,000. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "A Renaissance for Bob Ross: Fans Want the ‘Joy of Painting’ Host to Have a Spot in Art History," 21 Aug. 2018 Gilbert plans to auction off 138 acres of land nearly a decade after the town took heat for buying the property without a certified appraisal and at a price far above the going rate. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Gilbert will auction off land it was blasted for overpaying for nearly a decade ago," 12 July 2018 Kinner’s greatest trick is his ability to pair that passion for his sport with an easy-going approach that belies his competitiveness. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Kingsway's Quinn Kinner is South Jersey's senior boys' athlete of the year," 16 June 2018 Bryant was a good strong going guy and this is a testimony of how strong the river is. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Georgia teenagers missing after being swept away in swollen creek," 3 June 2018 As his profile has risen, PFT finds himself in character for a bigger chunk of the day, at the same time seeing his real-life personality - easy-going and educated, nuanced and self-deprecating - bleed into the character during podcasts and videos. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "PFT Commenter rose from an internet 'cesspool' to podcasting glory. And no one knows who he is.," 21 May 2018 Bloom is an easy-going, mellow cat who has become the unofficial queen of catnaps. Peggy Calhoun, idahostatesman, "Ada County Pet of the Week: Bloom | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018 The federal government leases the location for less than $10 a square foot, which is about half the going rate for retail space in that area, Tony Nguyen said. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando's Colonialtown post office sells, to close in 2020," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of going


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of going

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of leaving a place
: the condition of the ground for walking, running, etc.
used to describe a situation in which you are trying to make progress or do something



English Language Learners Definition of going (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : living or existing
: current or usual

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