go - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] an attempt to do something
    have a go at (doing) something:

    She once had a go at writing a novel but quickly gave up.

    give something a go (=try to do it):

    I’d thought about skiing for some time and finally decided to give it a go this winter.

    at/in one go:

    Don’t try to eat the whole thing in one go.

    1. a.
      British your chance to play in a game or to take part in an activity

      Whose go is it?

      have a go on something:

      Have a go on my exercise bike if you want.

      £1/£2 etc a go:

      Donkey rides are £3 a go.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] British informal energy and enthusiasm

    She’s always so full of go.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] a Japanese game for two people, played with black and white stones on a board with lines that cross each other
  4. 4
    [singular] American informal a situation in which something that has been planned can happen or be done

    It looks like the party tonight is a go.