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 It’s hard to keep track of all the comings and goings in the back end of the Dolphins defense. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins’ 16-12 win over Colts," 10 Nov. 2019 Carr studied the pages in stunned silence, oblivious to the comings and goings of colleagues around him. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, CNN, "How the FBI tracked down 'the spy who couldn't spell'," 1 Nov. 2019 Building something this ambitious in the heart of downtown has required the builders to take extraordinary steps to avoid disrupting the flow of daily life, including the weekday comings and goings of thousands of Financial District workers. BostonGlobe.com, "This scene is just one of the high-stakes logistical dances that developers contend with daily as they build the skyscraper.," 30 Oct. 2019 Before we return to the question of opting out, consider how thoroughly the systems mentioned are embedded in our hypothetical ordinary person’s everyday life, far more invasively than mere logs of their daily comings and goings. Finn Brunton, Quartz, "“Opting out” is a myth," 10 Oct. 2019 In the season’s early days, Giants players were visibly confused and upset over the rapid-fire comings and goings of personnel. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "The 2019 Giants laid a good foundation for rebuild during another failed season," 30 Sep. 2019 Their stature, as venerable sentinels that have stood through the global comings and goings of the Roman Empire, the Han dynasty, and Mayan civilization, provides a young country with its own sense of ancient history. The Christian Science Monitor, "Finding purpose and vocation," 19 Sep. 2019 At the top of the aisle leading down to the box were several Open security personnel, keeping a close eye on the comings and goings. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, cheers friend Serena Williams in US Open women's final," 7 Sep. 2019 The ones who rule over their comings and goings are relatives or doctors. Diane Grosklaus Whitty, Harper's magazine, "Senior Portrait," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Industry sources said that is about half the going price for coal and gas. Emily Green, latimes.com, "Alternative energy efforts in Mexico slow as Lopez Obrador prioritizes oil," 10 July 2019 The going rate: $8.65 an hour, with extra bounties depending on the length of the snake. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Water managers seek to kill more pythons that are preying on Everglades animals," 13 Sep. 2019 Her calm strength and easy-going personality were a joy to all who knew her. courant.com, "Ruth M. Lawrence," 7 Aug. 2019 Arsenal are further along in their pre-season preparations, and have looked bright going forwards in pre-season. SI.com, "Barcelona vs Arsenal Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 2 Aug. 2019 Even when faced with redeeming himself from last year's loss in the tournament finals, the chance to regain the top spot doesn't fret Lippert, whose easy-going demeanor keeps him calm, cool and collected on the court. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "A tennis standout turned instructor, Wyatt Lippert searches for continued success at Met tournament," 18 July 2019 Those rents are a bit over $2 per square foot, which is roughly the going rate in many newer or newly redone apartment buildings in and around downtown Detroit. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Old Tiger Stadium apartments are finally done: Here's what they look like," 17 July 2019 An easy-going and hard-working man, Rolando was well aware of the dangers of crossing Mexico. Julie Watson, Fox News, "'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms," 21 July 2018 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

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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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14 Nov 2019

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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)

informal : living or existing
: current or usual

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