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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo over
he/she/itgoes over
present participlegoing over
past tensewent over
past participlegone over
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  1. 1
    [transitive]go over something to check something carefully
    Could you go over this report and correct any mistakes?
    1. a.
      to search a place thoroughly
      This area is to be gone over with the greatest of care.
  2. 2
    [transitive]go over something to practice and repeat something in order to learn it
    Sue’s going to help me go over my lines for the play.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to move or travel toward someone or something
    go over to: He went over to the window and closed the curtains.
    They went over to John’s for dinner last night.
    go over (to someone/something) to do something: We had met a year ago, when I went over to Paris to see an exhibition.
    go over (to someone/something) and do something: Why don’t you go over and say hello?
  4. 4
    [intransitive] American to produce a particular reaction
    Last night’s performance went over very well.
    go over with: How did the news go over with your parents?
  5. 5
    [transitive]go over something to clean something, especially quickly
    go over something with something: He’d gone over the car with a cloth, wiping fingerprints from the steering wheel and the door handles.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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