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

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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 ones who rule over their comings and goings are relatives or doctors. Diane Grosklaus Whitty, Harper's magazine, "Senior Portrait," 16 Sep. 2019 The case had divided people in her village of some 5,000 people, with Facebook pages devoted to it and some critics trying to record the Richardson family's comings and goings to post on social media. Fox News, "Ohio mom, 20, acquitted of killing newborn, convicted of corpse abuse," 12 Sep. 2019 The going was easy — empty streets, riding downhill from the mountain. Francisco Martinez, Los Angeles Times, "Life gave you lemons? How a motorbike trip in Indonesia became lemonade," 30 Aug. 2019 Aside from watching his work ethic, Graterol has been able to pick Berrios’s brain in recent days about both pitching and the goings on in a major league clubhouse. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Mini Makina: Brusdar Graterol finds a mentor in the Twins clubhouse," 9 Sep. 2019 Silicon Valley pretended for years that it was uninterested in the goings-on in Washington and other centers of government power. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Inside the Private Meeting of Top Crypto Investors and Government Officials—Data Sheet," 5 Sep. 2019 Dorothy West's job was to report on the goings and comings of Oak Bluffs. Ash Carter, Town & Country, "How Oak Bluffs Became a Summer Haven for the African-American Elite," 29 June 2016 Suro and Rodriguez have also used security cameras to monitor a new nanny for their infant daughter, as well as the comings and goings of service providers such as their pool cleaner. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "As homeowners find new uses for security cameras, checking law should be first step," 27 Aug. 2019 At the entrance, just off the road and past a gap in the fencing, a guard had each visitor sign in, a new protocol instituted by the state, to keep track of comings and goings for the purpose of potential contact investigations. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Tap into your easy-going nature on Sunday, when your home and family planet Venus opposes Jupiter, Cancer’s ruler of well-being. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 23 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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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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