1. Departure: comings and goings.
2. The condition underfoot as it affects one's headway in walking or riding: Once we left the trail the going was rough.
3. Informal Progress toward a goal; headway: It was easy going during my senior year.
1. Working; running: a machine in going order.
2. In full operation; flourishing: a going business.
3. Current; prevailing: The going rates are high.
4. To be found; available: the best products going.
Approaching: The child is six, going on seven years of age.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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