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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the early going, Treasury yields slowed their monster moves higher. CBS News, 14 June 2022 Alexander was an escape artist in the early going, holding the Nationals off the scoreboard despite allowing a pair of baserunners in the first inning with one out, a one-out double in the second and then stranding the bases loaded in the third. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2022 The music helped make the style of Peaky Blinders topic A in the early going. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 10 June 2022 Ben Carlson immediately will be of great interest in the early going. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 But Gauff did not give her support group much to cheer for in the early going, losing her serve in a hurry in the opening game with a series of errors and one very edgy double fault. Christopher Clarey, BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2022 Barwis manager Pat Fucci said the first-year team was formed in December 2021 and struggled in the early going. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 2 June 2022 These services and technologies will likely only grow more relevant going forward as digital transformation finally penetrates the healthcare sector. Shafin Tejani, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Things grow choppier in the late going, especially compared with the strong first half. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lordstown, which aims to launch its first vehicle this year and doesn’t generate any revenue yet, issued a going-concern warning in June 2021, flagging worries about its financial health. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Kayla Bowling was an easy-going, young mother who enjoyed life and loved her family. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 6 June 2022 In short, the Spider was a gateway drug to Italian car ownership: exciting, affordable, and easy-going. Ronan Glon, Car and Driver, 10 May 2022 Last Tuesday, his district approved a mid-year budget change to increase entry wages for cafeteria employees by $1.50 , to a total of $15 an hour — the going wage rate at restaurants in the area. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2022 In a bizarre and slow-going, motion-to-dismiss hearing Wednesday, Randy Swopes — the father accused of keeping his 10-year-old daughter captive in a Waukegan basement in 2018 — struggled to put coherent sentences together while representing himself. Yadira Sanchez Olson, chicagotribune.com, 10 Mar. 2022 One is easy-going, messy and unconcerned about the state of her apartment. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 31 Jan. 2022 Outside of his political engagements, he was most remembered for his generous, easy-going nature that helped him make friends easily and his tireless pursuit of an ethic of love and acceptance. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 24 Jan. 2022 Totem’s bike also has an easy-going and durable-looking step-through frame, with the battery mounted under the seat for better weight distribution. Gear Team, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Going.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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