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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 Belleville dominated from the early going and posted a convincing 43-16 rout of the Technicians on a remarkably pleasant day for January. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Belleville's preparation, and defense, help demolish Cass Tech in Division 1 showdown," 10 Jan. 2021 Biden's proposals to restore higher taxes on corporations and wealthier Americans could also encounter tough going, even in a Democratic Senate. Carl P. Leubsdorf Dallas Morning News (tns), Star Tribune, "What's at stake in Georgia Senate races, and what isn't," 6 Dec. 2020 Police also launched 20 investigations into officer misconduct, including for excessive force, harassment and unprofessional conduct; those investigations remain on-going. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "9 hours of violence: Peaceful protest on May 30 turned to chaos as police tried to keep up," 3 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, there is no defensible reason to ask journalists to stand down from their duty to give Biden’s nominees a thorough going-over and raise questions about their ties to powerful industries like finance and oil. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How to Cover a Normal Cabinet," 1 Dec. 2020 The home team won the first set 30-28 before Pearl River won the final three, 25-20, 25-22, 25-15. Pearl River coach Kelly Kellum drew a yellow card in the early going, which set a tone that carried to the end. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Pearl River volleyball earns rare state quarterfinal berth with Kayla Andre leading the way," 11 Nov. 2020 As the prospects for movie-going and air travel brightened yesterday, the companies’ stocked rocketed 50% and 43% respectively. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Short-selling hedge funds feast on stock declines following Pfizer vaccine news," 10 Nov. 2020 Twenty-seven percent picked the economy, which has been battered by COVID restrictions on travel, dining out, movie-going and a slew of other activities. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "How COVID-19 shaped the 2020 election: It swung some voters to Biden but bolstered Trump with his base," 9 Nov. 2020 This, after Whittingham deemed him 100% healthy and restriction-free going into camp. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utes football prep pauses for the election. And the first in-season two-deep released.," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But there is no shortage of up-and-coming talents hankering to drive for a fraction of the previous going rate. Jerry Garrett, New York Times, "For Some Veteran Stars, NASCAR’s Appeal Is Fading," 3 Nov. 2020 One of the reasons for Pittman’s allure is his down-to-earth, easy-going, approach during interviews. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: It’s been a week for Pittman," 22 Oct. 2020 But while consumer behavior is exposed in fine detail, the wealth of tracking data doesn’t help advertisers determine a fair going price for reaching a particular kind of person. Tim Hwang, Harper's Magazine, "Ad Nauseam," 27 Oct. 2020 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

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Going.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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