• The act of going.
  • A turn at something, or in something (e.g. a game).
  • An attempt, a try.
  • An approval or permission to do something, or that which has been approved.
  • An act; the working or operation.
  • A circumstance or occurrence; an incident, often unexpected.
  • The fashion or mode.
  • Noisy merriment.
  • A glass of spirits; a quantity of spirits.
  • Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance.
  • The situation where a player cannot play a card which will not carry the aggregate count above thirty-one.
  • A period of activity.
  • A dandy; a fashionable person.
  • A strategic board game, originally from China, in which two players (black and white) attempt to control the largest area of the board with their counters.


  • Working correctly and ready to commence operation; approved and able to be put into action.


  • From Middle English gon, goon, from Old English gān, from Proto-West Germanic *gān, from Proto-Germanic *gāną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeh₁-.
  • The inherited past tense form yode (compare Old English ēode) was replaced through suppletion in the 15th century by went, from Old English wendan.
  • Cognate with Scots gae, West Frisian gean, Dutch gaan, Low German gahn, German gehen, Swedish and Danish gå, Norwegian gå. Compare also Albanian ngah, Ancient Greek κιχάνω, Avestan 𐬰𐬀𐬰𐬁𐬨𐬌, Sanskrit जहाति.
  • From the Japanese 碁, one character of the game's more usual Japanese name 囲碁, taken from the Chinese 圍棋.

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