going to

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.
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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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going to

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Nobody knew what cheered her up after a sober fit, but everyone felt how sweet and helpful Beth was, and fell into a way of going to her for comfort or advice in their small affairs.
She read a page, looked at Beth, felt her head, peeped into her throat, and then said gravely, "You've been over the baby every day for more than a week, and among the others who are going to have it, so I'm afraid you are going to have it, Beth.
He knew what he was going to say was humiliating, but he was broken down with jealousy and desire.
As they came to the castle, all was as the fox had said, and at twelve o'clock the young man met the princes going to the bath and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father.
Ulysses is not going to be away much longer; indeed he is close at hand to deal out death and destruction, not on them alone, but on many another of us who live in Ithaca.
He was going to inquire at the place where the Oakbourne coach stopped.
I said likely we wouldn't, because I had heard say there warn't but about a dozen houses there, and if they didn't happen to have them lit up, how was we going to know we was passing a town?
One day an old man went to a stream to dip in a crust of bread which he was going to eat, when a dog came out of the water, snatched the bread from his hand, and ran away.
"He heard that I was going to sell Green Gables and he wants to buy it."
Could she possibly think in her position of going to Patti's benefit, where all the circle of her acquaintances would be?
Just in that very moment I heard a man make a noise to some people to make haste, for the boat was going to put off, and the tide would be spent.
And Tom said he'd bet the quarreling was all Jubiter's fault, and he was going to be on hand the first time he got a chance, and see; and if it was so, he was going to do his level best to get Uncle Silas to turn him off.
"Put on your hat this moment -- there is no time to be lost -- we are going to Bristol.
We told him that he would have to go without shaving that morning, as we weren't going to unpack that bag again for him, nor for anyone like him.
"I'm going to invent a swear word of my own," he declared.