Hypertext Webster Gateway: "went"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Went \Went\,
imp. & p. p. of {Wend}; -- now obsolete except as the
imperfect of go, with which it has no etymological
connection. See {Go}.

To the church both be they went. --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wend \Wend\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wended}, Obs. {Went}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Wending}.] [AS. wendan to turn, to go, caus. of
windan to wind; akin to OS. wendian, OFries. wenda, D. wenden
to turn, G. wenden, Icel. venda, Sw. v["a]nda, Dan. vende,
Goth. wandjan. See {Wind} to turn, and cf. {Went}.]
1. To go; to pass; to betake one's self. ``To Canterbury they
wend.'' --Chaucer.

To Athens shall the lovers wend. --Shak.

2. To turn round. [Obs.] --Sir W. Raleigh.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Went \Went\, n.
Course; way; path; journey; direction. [Obs.] ``At a turning
of a wente.'' --Chaucer.

But here my weary team, nigh overspent, Shall breathe
itself awhile after so long a went. --Spenser.

He knew the diverse went of mortal ways. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Go \Go\, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n;
115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS,
wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to
D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan.
gaae; cf. Gr. kicha`nai to reach, overtake, Skr. h[=a] to go,
AS. gangan, and E. gang. The past tense in AS., eode, is from
the root i to go, as is also Goth. iddja went. [root]47a. Cf.
{Gang}, v. i., {Wend}.]
1. To pass from one place to another; to be in motion; to be
in a state not motionless or at rest; to proceed; to
advance; to make progress; -- used, in various
applications, of the movement of both animate and
inanimate beings, by whatever means, and also of the
movements of the mind; also figuratively applied.

2. To move upon the feet, or step by step; to walk; also, to
walk step by step, or leisurely.

Note: In old writers go is much used as opposed to run, or
ride. ``Whereso I go or ride.'' --Chaucer.

You know that love Will creep in service where it
can not go. --Shak.

Thou must run to him; for thou hast staid so long
that going will scarce serve the turn. --Shak.

He fell from running to going, and from going to
clambering upon his hands and his knees.

Note: In Chaucer go is used frequently with the pronoun in
the objective used reflexively; as, he goeth him home.

3. To be passed on fron one to another; to pass; to
circulate; hence, with for, to have currency; to be taken,
accepted, or regarded.

The man went among men for an old man in the days of
Saul. --1 Sa. xvii.

[The money] should go according to its true value.

4. To proceed or happen in a given manner; to fare; to move
on or be carried on; to have course; to come to an issue
or result; to succeed; to turn out.

How goes the night, boy ? --Shak.

I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of
man enough. --Arbuthnot.

Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you
must pay me the reward. --I Watts.

5. To proceed or tend toward a result, consequence, or
product; to tend; to conduce; to be an ingredient; to
avail; to apply; to contribute; -- often with the
infinitive; as, this goes to show.

Against right reason all your counsels go. --Dryden.

To master the foul flend there goeth some complement
knowledge of theology. --Sir W.

6. To apply one's self; to set one's self; to undertake.

Seeing himself confronted by so many, like a
resolute orator, he went not to denial, but to
justify his cruel falsehood. --Sir P.

Note: Go, in this sense, is often used in the present
participle with the auxiliary verb to be, before an
infinitive, to express a future of intention, or to
denote design; as, I was going to say; I am going to
begin harvest.

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