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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo in for
he/she/itgoes in for
present participlegoing in for
past tensewent in for
past participlegone in for
  1. 1
    go in for something to enjoy a particular thing or activity

    I don’t go in for golf much.

  2. 2
    go in for something British to take part in a competition, or to take an examination

    His school had suggested he go in for the Young Musician of the Year competition.

  3. 3
    go in for something British to choose something as a subject of study or as your career

    I think he’s planning to go in for politics.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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