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

What goes on between the coming — and the going — is another story. Bea Lewis, sun-sentinel.com, "How to survive summer family visits | Opinion," 2 July 2019 Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje is a general assignment reporter covering breaking news, cultural trends and interesting people and goings-on around San Antonio and Bexar County, as well as all across South Texas. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "National and city leaders come together to fight domestic violence," 2 July 2019 Chanel Iman, one of the models featured in the promo video at Saddleback Cay, told PEOPLE earlier this year that she and the other models were kept in the dark about the fraudulent behind-the-scenes goings on of founder Billy McFarland. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "You Can Buy the Island Featured in Fyre Festival Promo Starring Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin," 1 July 2019 The going is slower in soybean fields, where 70% of acreage was planted as of June 16. Mary Ellen Podmolik, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois farmers’ game of catch-up continues," 19 June 2019 Your daily goings-on are major topics of discussion once Mercury enters Taurus on Monday, May 6. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Sagittarius Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Chemists want their own creations to attain some of that complexity, but the going has been slow. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Learn the Ropes on Tying Molecular Knots," 29 Oct. 2018 After monitoring the comings and goings of several people on Thursday, agents searched a house on Addison Road in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood on Saturday, as well as Blackshaw’s home on East 85th Street. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "DEA agents recover $1 million, 20 pounds of cocaine in Cleveland raid, feds say," 17 June 2019 With her irresistible going-out look, Depp has not only demonstrated how to recreate Tate's iconic beauty statements with a tactful modern slant, but also proved that the '60s beauty revival has only just begun. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Lily Rose Depp Channels Sharon Tate With ‘60s-Inspired Eyeliner," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Stick to companions who are easy-going and uplifting. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 24, 2019: Gemini, consider the source; Virgo, make them an offer they can’t refuse," 24 June 2019 Tap into your easy-going nature on Sunday, when your home and family planet Venus opposes Jupiter, Cancer’s ruler of well-being. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 23 June 2019 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

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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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