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 Even Clifford himself has seen firsthand how the bottom can fall out of a team based on the comings and goings of one or two players. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Stan Van Gundy: Magic are lost without Nikola Vucevic | Commentary," 20 Nov. 2019 The going was rough and muddy, with patches of quagmire. Smithsonian, "Gold Fever! Deadly Cold! And the Amazing True Adventures of Jack London in the Wild," 24 Oct. 2019 Three years ago, Goldman Sachs took the plunge into consumer banking and so far the going has been rough: The new venture has cost buckets of money, while also creating culture clashes within the firm. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Apple Credit Card and Consumer Banking Are Giving Goldman Sachs Trouble, Says New Report," 30 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His sense of humor and quick wit along with his easy-going nature enabled him to be a success in his career. courant.com, "Ronald Balesano," 28 Sep. 2019 The going wisdom was that young, growing feet needed quality shoes and a careful fit. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: CTU group’s Venezuela trip slammed as ‘propaganda tour,’ a ‘nightmare’ year for Illinois farmers and other things to know to start your day," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Going.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=g&file=go000004. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce going (audio)

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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