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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theygo ahead
he/she/itgoes ahead
present participlegoing ahead
past tensewent ahead
past participlegone ahead

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  1. 1
    to start or continue to do something, especially after waiting for permission

    "Go ahead," he insisted. "I won't interrupt again."

    go ahead and do something:

    Go ahead and eat before everything gets cold.

    go ahead with:

    The city will go ahead with its plans for a new stadium in the summer.

  2. 2
    to go to a place before someone else who you are with

    You go ahead and we'll wait here for Sally.

    go ahead of:

    Don went ahead of the others to try to find help.

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