The word ‘go‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning involves movement from one place to another or to leave.

For example:

  • I’m going to Lapland on Sunday. (movement)
  • Go away! You’re being annoying. (leave)


Go is an irregular verb. The past tense is went and the past participle is gone.

phrasal verbs with go

Phrasal verbs with ‘go’ include:

  • go about
    meaning – do something as normal
    example -I’ll go about my daily routine until you call me.
  • go across
    meaning – move from one side/place to another
    example -We went across the field to try and escape the angry farmer.
  • go after
    meaning – chase someone/something
    example -My dog went after a rabbit during our walk. He caught it!
  • go against
    meaning – the opposite of what you want/believe/need or not get the result you want
    example -Two players got sent off and our top striker was injured. It went against us today.
  • go ahead
    meaning – proceed/continue
    example -Go ahead and eat or it will get cold.
  • go along
    meaning – with agree/accept a decision
    example -I’ve gone along with all of your choices so far, but I don’t agree with you on this
  • go around/round
    meaning – visit someone or circulate
    example -I‘ve been around Gary’s every night this week.
  • go at
    meaning – attack
    example -The dogs next door are going at it again, they are so noisy.
  • go away
    meaning – disappear or leave your home for a trip
    example -We went away to Manchester for the weekend.
  • go back
    meaning – return to a place, topic, activity etc.
    example -I love Asia. I want to go back one day.
  • go by
    meaning – pass
    example -I went by your shop 3 times today but didn’t see you.
    go down
    meaning – decrease/sink
    example -The Titanic hit an iceberg and went down like a lead balloon.
  • go for
    meaning – attack or choose
    example -The vicious dog went for the postman.
  • go forward
    meaning – proceed/progress
    example -The top 12 teams go forward to the next round.
  • go in
    meaning – enter
    example -The red wire goes in the back of the screen.
  • go into
    meaning – discuss in detail or enter a profession
    example – I want to talk a bit about renewable energy, I’ll go into more detail later.
  • go off
    meaning – explode, turn bad or dislike
    example – The bomb went off but luckily no one was injured.
  • go on
    meaning – continue, happen, or start doing something
    example – Sorry I interrupted but it was important. Please go on.
  • go out
    meaning – extinguish, leave your house, or become unfashionable
    example – Let’s go over grandad’s tonight, he has made a big fruity cheesecake for us.
  • go over
    meaning – visit someone or review something
    example – I went over the contract yesterday, it’s ready to be signed.
  • go past
    meaning – pass without stopping
    example – I went past your house earlier and your mum waved at me through the window.
  • go through
    meaning – examine, experience, or enter
    example – I’ve been through a lot recently, but things are getting better now.
  • go through
    meaning – with complete
    example – He went through with his plan to sell his business and move to Australia.
  • go to
    meaning – allocate
    example – All of Mr Crab’s money went to his 3 sons.
  • go together
    meaning – complement each other
    example – I’ve just heard Ray and Carla have split. I thought they went together quite well.
  • go towards
    meaning – contribute or move closer to an object
    example – Everyone paid £5. That went towards food and transport.
  • go under
    meaning – become bankrupt or go beneath/sink
    example – The small sweet shop went under. It couldn’t compete with the big supermarkets.
  • go up
    meaning – increase
    example – Petrol prices have gone up again.
  • go up to
    meaning – reach or approach
    example – Alan went up to Mandy and asked her out for a date.
  • go with
    accompany nicely
    example – Liam went with me to the shop as it was getting dark.
  • go without
    meaning – not have something
    example – You’ll have to go without a packet of crisps, I forgot to buy some yesterday.

picture phrasal verbs with go

phrasal verbs with go

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘go’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

go phrasal verbs - go about
phrasal verbs with go - go across
phrasal verbs with go - go after
phrasal verbs with go - go against
phrasal verbs with go - go ahead
phrasal verbs with go - go along with
phrasal verbs with go - go around/round
phrasal verbs with go - go at
phrasal verbs with go - go away
phrasal verbs with go - go back
phrasal verbs with go - go by
phrasal verbs with go - go down
phrasal verbs with go - go for
phrasal verbs with go - go forward
phrasal verbs with go - go in
phrasal verbs with go - go into
phrasal verbs with go - go off
go phrasal verbs - go on
phrasal verbs with go - go out
phrasal verbs with go - go over
go phrasal verbs - go past
go phrasal verbs - go through with
phrasal verbs with go - go through
go phrasal verbs - go together
phrasal verbs with go - go towards
phrasalverbs with go - go under
phrasal verbs with go - go up to
go phrasal verbs - go up
phrasal verbs with go - go with

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with go below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with go, how about learning the idioms with go too?