go to (someone or something)
1. verb To visit someone or something. Do you want to go to the mall this afternoon? I'm going to Caitlin's house after school.
2. verb To talk about something, usually something problematic or troubling, with someone. I go to my mom with all my problems. If the salesman won't take your complaints seriously, go to a supervisor.
3. verb To be used toward or included as a component of something, often an outcome or result. I left them $20 to go to the check. Every assignment goes to your grade for the semester, you know.
4. verb To start some task or activity. If you're ready to mow the lawn, don't let me stop you—go to it.
5. verb To attend something. She loves going to the movies on the weekend. Sorry, I need to go to class soon, so I can't come.
6. verb To meet with someone for a specific purpose. You really ought to go to a doctor about that issue. I'm thinking of going to a mortgage broker to figure out how much I need to be saving each month in order to buy a house.
7. verb To be enrolled in some institution as a student. I can't believe I'll be going to Harvard next month! He's going to a community college at the moment, but he's hoping to transfer to the University of Louisville next year.
8. verb To be awarded to someone. This is the third year in a row that the gold medal has gone to Masahiro Yamaoka, from Osaka. I'm sorry, Jake. You had a great interview, but the promotion is going to Karen.
9. adjective Describing one who is known to be helpful or reliable for a certain task or goal. When used as an adjective, the phrase is typically hyphenated. Shannon is my go-to person for event planning, so she will definitely be able to help you find a caterer.
10. adjective Describing a very popular place (for some purpose or particular kind of people). The phrase is typically hyphenated in this usage. Our store is the city's go-to location for all things Halloween. The island of Ibiza has been the go-to destination for partiers from around the world.
going to (do something)
About to; apt to; will. I'm going to set the table, I just need another fork. According to the weather forecast, it's going to snow tomorrow.
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About to, will, as in I'm going to start planting now, or Do you think it's going to rain? or We thought the train was going to stop here. This phrase is used with a verb ( start, rain, stop in the examples) to show the future tense. Occasionally the verb is omitted because it is understood. For example, That wood hasn't dried out yet but it's going to soon, or Will you set the table?-Yes, I'm going to. [1400s] Also see go to.
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