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English verb: go by

1. go by (motion) pass by


SamplesThree years elapsed.


Synonymselapse, glide by, go along, lapse, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress


Narrower (hyponym)fell, fly, vanish

2. go by (motion) move past


SamplesA black limousine passed by when she looked out the window.
He passed his professor in the hall.
One line of soldiers surpassed the other.


Synonymsgo past, pass, pass by, surpass, travel by


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)fly by, fly by, run by, skirt, whisk by, zip by

3. go by (communication) be called; go by a certain name


SamplesShe goes by her maiden name again.


Synonymsgo under


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

4. go by (change) be or act in accordance with


SamplesGo by this rule and you'll be safe.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conform to, follow









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