go·ing | \ ˈgō-iŋ , 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

The monitor shows their comings and goings, all day, everyday. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Readers of The Capital newspaper came to know Gerald Fischman’s writing through his incisive editorials about local government corruption, school system scandals and other Annapolis goings-on. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette editor Gerald Fischman remembered at funeral for dry wit, love of family," 8 July 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp follows that tradition, with a mid-credits scene that speaks to the goings-on in the larger Marvel cinematic universe, as well as a post-credits scene that functions as a fun wink to viewers who stick around to the very end. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ant-Man and the Wasp’s post-credits scenes, explained," 6 July 2018 Get ready to race between planets and deep space, starting with the goings-on on Jupiter. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Scientists Are Seeing Red Over Jupiter’s Spot," 30 June 2018 Scheming among characters figures heavily into the goings-on, according to Johnson. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Valparaiso's 2018 'Shakespeare in the Park' offering is 'Much Ado About Nothing'," 28 June 2018 Semedo's career as a professional footballer could very easily be over as a result of the goings on of the last few months. SI.com, "La Liga Star Accused of Attempted Murder Set to Remain in Custody After Failed Appeal," 28 May 2018 Also outstanding is the photo-essay by Pipo Nguyen-duy of Oberlin, who used a tiny hotel room in Ho Chi Minh City in his native Vietnam as a stakeout for shots of the unusually vibrant and eccentric goings-on in a small alley and plaza outside. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Cleveland featured in premiere of Travel Channel's 'Eat, Drink, Haggle' with Lara Spencer," 21 Apr. 2018 That’s why the reveal of Cliff Blossom (Barclay Hope) as both a secret heroin kingpin and son-murderer was so thrilling — all of sudden, the litany of bizarre goings-on in Thornhill Manor made sense. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Cheryl Blossom's Coming Out Is Riverdale At Its Best," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The going rate runs from $1 to $2 a signature—more than that as the filing deadline nears. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics With nine candidates for mayor now in the race, expect the hustle for signatures to be harder than ever," 10 May 2018 What results is a thoughtful, easy-going project that is sure to give you newfound love for not just Sade, but everything Mark has to offer. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Amber Mark's Exclusive New Music Video Is An Ode to Sade," 4 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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The first known use of going was in the 14th century

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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)

: living or existing

: current or usual

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the setting in which something occurs

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