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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo for
he/she/itgoes for
present participlegoing for
past tensewent for
past participlegone for
  1. 1
    go for something informal to try to get something that you have to compete for

    There were 200 people going for just three jobs.

  2. 2
    go for someone/something informal to like a particular type of person or thing

    I don’t really go for horror movies.

    So what type of men do you go for?

  3. 3
    go for something informal to choose a particular thing

    I think I’ll go for the steak. What are you having?

  4. 4
    go for someone informal to attack someone physically

    His dog looked as if it was about to go for me.

    1. a.
      to criticize someone strongly

      We had a row and I really went for him.

  5. 5
    go for something to be sold for a particular amount of money

    We expect the house to go for about $200,000.

  6. 6
    go for someone/something to go somewhere in order to get someone or something

    She’s just gone for the kids – she’ll be back any minute.

    I’m going to go for a newspaper.

  7. 7
    go for someone/something to be true or relevant for someone or something

    We expect you boys to behave yourselves, and the same goes for the girls.

  8. 8
    if a person or thing has something going for them, they have an advantage, skill, or other positive quality
    have something going for you:

    With its wide variety and low prices, the new store has a lot going for it.

  9. 9
    go for nothing to achieve nothing, or to be completely wasted

    I’d have hated for all that work to go for nothing.

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