Definition of Go by

1. Verb. Pass by. "Three years elapsed"

Exact synonyms: Elapse, Glide By, Go Along, Lapse, Pass, Slide By, Slip Away, Slip By
Generic synonyms: Advance, Go On, March On, Move On, Pass On, Progress
Specialized synonyms: Fell, Fly, Vanish
Derivative terms: Lapse

2. Verb. Move past. "These cars won't go by "; "One line of soldiers surpassed the other"
Exact synonyms: Go Past, Pass, Pass By, Surpass, Travel By
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Skirt, Run By, Fly By, Fly By, Whisk By, Zip By
Derivative terms: Passer

3. Verb. Be called; go by a certain name. "She goes by her maiden name again"
Exact synonyms: Go Under

4. Verb. Be or act in accordance with. "Go by this rule and you'll be safe"
Generic synonyms: Conform To, Follow

Definition of Go by

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To pass or go past without much interaction ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) to be called, to use as a name ¹

3. Verb. To follow; to assume as true for the purposes of making a decision, taking an action, etc. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Go By

go awry
go back
go back on
go bad
go ballistic
go bananas
go bankrupt
go begging
go belly-up
go blue
go board
go bonkers
go by (current term)
go by the board
go by the wayside
go chase yourself
go commando
go crazy
go deep
go down like a lead balloon
go down that road
go down the pan
go down the road
go down the toilet
go down the tubes

Literary usage of Go by

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"... i, 5 Many other passages from the same play are there produced. In another drama also we find : But if I were as vou, 1'de cry " go by, Jerónimo, ao by. ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1861)
"Her consternation, on receiving my good wishes, was in consequence of her having let the opportunity of dipping go by for that year, it being past twelve ..."

3. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Thomas Humphry Ward (1920)
"... TIMES go by TURNS. The lopped tree in time may grow again ; Most naked plants renew both fruit and flower ; The sorest wight may find release of pain, ..."

4. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"go by, JERÓNIMO. An expression made almost proverbial, by the ridicule of ... In another drama also we find : But if I were ai you, I'de cry " go by, ..."

5. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with A Journal of a Tour to the by James Boswell, Samuel Johnson (1888)
"But errour is dangerous indeed, if you err when you choose a religion for yourself." MRS. KNOWLES. " Must we then go by ..."

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