going

1 of 2

noun

go·​ing ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce going (audio)
ˈgȯ(-)iŋ
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 goingsJob 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

2 of 2

adjective

1
a
: that goes
often used in combination
easygoing
outgoing
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
Phrases
going on
: drawing near to : approaching
is six years old going on seven

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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Noun
The tourbillon cage is framed by a thin bridge which secures the going train at the left, linking the regulating organ to the hour and minute display at the top of the dial, with the mainspring directly underneath. Blake Buettner, Robb Report, 8 May 2024 Ross Chastain has led for most of the early goings here, and Kyle Larson is up to P2. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for going 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of going was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Going.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

going

1 of 2 noun
go·​ing ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce going (audio)
1
2
: the condition of the ground especially for walking or driving
3
: advance toward an objective : progress

going

2 of 2 adjective
1
: being in existence : alive
best novelist going
2
3
: being successful and likely to continue successfully
a going concern

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