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

Noun 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! Adjective 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 Carolina’s speed and intensity in the offensive zone paid off in the early going. Rick Menning, sun-sentinel.com, "Former Panther Vincent Trochek’s late third-period goal ties game as Florida falls to Carolina in overtime," 1 Mar. 2021 The Hawks are also in a rebuild but have been one of the bigger surprises in the NHL in the early going, ranked third in the Central with 25 points. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Blackhawks stir up their old rivalry by trolling the Detroit Red Wings in a new video," 27 Feb. 2021 Once the entire men’s field heads to Indianapolis and all 64 women’s teams arrive in San Antonio, there won’t be any pauses, and there won’t be any exceptions (at least in the early going). Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Mike Finger: No matter what, this March will feature madness," 27 Feb. 2021 Both players looked nervous in the early going, missing first serves and racking up roughly two unforced errors for every winner. New York Times, "Naomi Osaka Beats Jennifer Brady at Australian Open for Her 4th Grand Slam Title," 20 Feb. 2021 If only there were a way to get your car’s fluids up to temperature—and get the heater and defroster going—before actually starting your engine. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How Long to Warm Up Your Car When It’s Cold," 10 Dec. 2020 The league quested to make the games look as normal as possible — remember in the early going, when broadcasts tried to avoid showing the empty seats, the nothing-to-see-here approach? Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Superlatives from a memorable season of NFL broadcasts," 13 Feb. 2021 As the Stars have exploded offensively in the early going, defenseman Miro Heiskanen has been somewhat quiet. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen provides spark vs. Blue Jackets; Ty Dellandrea expected to return to lineup Sunday," 4 Feb. 2021 PayPal and eBay both rose sharply in the early going after releasing impressive results for the last three months of 2020. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, "Bank of England upbeat on UK recovery after vaccine rollout," 4 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the current pandemic and economic downturn, a going-big windfall comes as excellent news. Star Tribune, "Biden's 'go big' plan is a daring experiment," 22 Feb. 2021 But there is no shortage of up-and-coming talents hankering to drive for a fraction of the previous going rate. Jerry Garrett, New York Times, "For Some Veteran Stars, NASCAR’s Appeal Is Fading," 3 Nov. 2020 One of the reasons for Pittman’s allure is his down-to-earth, easy-going, approach during interviews. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: It’s been a week for Pittman," 22 Oct. 2020 But while consumer behavior is exposed in fine detail, the wealth of tracking data doesn’t help advertisers determine a fair going price for reaching a particular kind of person. Tim Hwang, Harper's Magazine, "Ad Nauseam," 27 Oct. 2020 Her poems are anathema to easy comfort, and often seem to ban or forbid the going and conventional emotional logic. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "How Louise Glück, Nobel Laureate, Became Our Poet," 8 Oct. 2020 Note that a handful will be priced at $70, a $10 hike from the typical going rate for new games and a trend that has been suggested for the past few months. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "F5 for PS5: All your PlayStation 5 preorder links in one place," 17 Sep. 2020 To get a feel for what a going place Camden was in those days, visit the McCollum-Chidester House, built in 1847 by Peter McCollum, a North Carolina native who came to Arkansas and began buying property. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "River towns," 20 Sep. 2020 Both contemplate a going-concern sale of the business. Katherine Doherty, Bloomberg.com, "Bankrupt New York Sports Clubs Owner Seeks Buyer Amid Loan Talks," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of going was in the 14th century

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5 Mar 2021

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“Going.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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