going

noun
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

going

adjective

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

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 In the early going of the region’s initial vaccination push, nurses often visited skilled nursing and other congregate living locations to inoculate residents. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 President Joe Biden spoke with China's Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing frustration on the American side that high-level engagement between the two leaders' top advisers has been largely unfruitful in the early going of the Biden presidency. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 Sep. 2021 Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing frustration on the American side that high-level engagement between the two leaders’ top advisers has been largely unfruitful in the early going of the Biden presidency. Aamer Madhani And Joe Mcdonald, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing frustration on the American side that high-level engagement between the two leaders’ top advisers has been largely unfruitful in the early going of the Biden presidency. Time, 10 Sep. 2021 Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing frustration on the American side that high-level engagement between the two leaders’ top advisers has been largely unfruitful in the early going of the Biden presidency. Aamer Madhani, chicagotribune.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing frustration on the American side that high-level engagement between the two leaders’ top advisers has been largely unfruitful in the early going of the Biden presidency. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 The Utes will be tested by an SDSU defense that ranks eighth nationally against the run (48.5 ypg) in the early going. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2021 Johnson said the Isaiah Wynn holding penalty in the early going — one that set back a first-half drive — probably will be among those highlighted when the team reviews the film. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Online, Haralson's former teammates paid tribute to him, with many remembering his smile and easy-going attitude. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Normally all smiles and easy-going, Biles appeared sternly serious and maybe even troubled. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 7 Aug. 2021 There is a meaningful place for both SPACs and direct listings, but they must be done safely to ensure investors have protections both before and after the going-public transaction. Anat Alon-beck, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Normally all smiles and easy-going, Biles appeared sternly serious and maybe even troubled. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 7 Aug. 2021 With an easy-going attitude and a chiseled appearance, Bryant made a great first impression on Mathis, who was working as a server at Buffalo Wild Wings in Grapevine, Texas, and had just graduated from high school. CBS News, 15 Jan. 2021 Normally all smiles and easy-going, Biles appeared sternly serious and maybe even troubled. Melissa Locker, Time, 6 Aug. 2021 The camp shirt acts as a perfect bathing suit cover-up when worn open and an easy-going top when buttoned up and tucked into denim shorts. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 28 July 2021 This means that your employees will be more adaptable to their environments and perhaps more easy-going or responsive to change. Roberta Moore, Forbes, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of going

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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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19 Oct 2021

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“Going.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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going

noun

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

going

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of going (Entry 2 of 2)

: living or existing
: current or usual

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