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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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