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 combinationeasygoingoutgoing
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 The first week of the District 10-5A Division I football schedule might include the first-ever meeting between teams that have been impressive in the early going. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Foster, Paetow scheduled for 10-5A showdown," 7 Oct. 2020 The Tigers, Marlins, Padres and Orioles — all of whom are at various stages of rebuilding processes — are winning ballgames in the early going. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "‘One of the biggest surprises to start the year’: What they’re saying about the Orioles’ 7-7 start," 11 Aug. 2020 Kershaw, who'd been matching Woodruff pitch for pitch in the early going, then followed up by striking out Avisaíl García, Yelich and Gyorko in the sixth to give him 10 to that point. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dodgers 3, Brewers 0: Rough fifth inning is enough to end brief postseason run," 1 Oct. 2020 In the early going, all three of Miami’s top running backs got touches, with freshmen Donald Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton behind Cam’Ron Harris. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Ten things we learned in Miami Hurricanes’ 52-10 win over Florida State," 27 Sep. 2020 That’s all a matter of gauging local demands and kitchen capacity in the early going, Rick Blount said. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "What's changing at Antoine’s with reopening? A new menu, discreet elevator, more," 25 Sep. 2020 But while several other schools have struggled within position groups since the start of the season — notably Baylor, who canceled its season opener against Houston — Texas has stayed healthy in the early going. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Tom Herman says Texas Longhorns have bought into COVID-19 safety protocol," 21 Sep. 2020 The victim’s condition is unknown as of Thursday afternoon, and the investigation is on-going, police said in a news release. Robin Goist, cleveland, "8-year-old girl shot in car in West Akron," 10 Sep. 2020 Playing their fifth game in four days, and with the Coliseum lights on due to haze from wildfires darkening the sky, both teams came out swinging Thursday with little to show for it in the early going. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s win 3-1 over Astros, AL West lead is 6 1/2 games," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 He is awed by Fitzpatrick’s humble, easy-going and funny demeanor and how freely the veteran just wants to share his knowledge and expertise. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "It’s awkward, but Dolphins QB Josh Rosen working to find his place between Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tua Tagovailoa," 25 Aug. 2020 Grab a blanket, pick up your goods from Spotted Owl, and head a mile down the road to Lock 3 for an easy-going, yet perfect picnic. cleveland, "Akron Zoo’s Caroline Lutz talks favorite local dining choices: Five for Friday," 21 Aug. 2020 The guys are easy-going but the girls' interrogations are tense. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Double elimination ends in tears," 2 July 2020 Beneath Engels’ easy-going exterior is a serious runner who wants to be great. oregonlive, "Michael Reilly’s TrackTown USA organizing committee is back at work on the postponed Olympic Trials: Oregon track & field rundown," 4 Apr. 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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Going.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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