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[fawr-goh, fohr-]
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verb (used with or without object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.
  1. to go before; precede.

Origin of forego1

before 900; Middle English forgon, forgan, Old English foregān. See fore-, go1
Related formsfore·go·er, noun


[fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.
  1. forgo.
Related formsfore·go·er, noun
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  • She accepts the disadvantages of wifehood and foregoes the advantages.


    Cleveland Moffett

  • Thus he foregoes his wrath, and flings resentment from him like a mantle.

  • But she goes to the sick child, and she foregoes the concert.

    Not Guilty

    Robert Blatchford

  • Gerard foregoes his evening pipe, because the smoking-room does not look to the front.

    Red as a Rose is She

    Rhoda Broughton

  • It foregoes great future benefit for slight present gratification.

British Dictionary definitions for foregoes


verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone
  1. to precede in time, place, etc
Derived Formsforegoer, noun

Word Origin

Old English foregān


verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone
  1. (tr) a variant spelling of forgo
Derived Formsforegoer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foregoes



"to go before," Old English foregan "to go before," from fore- + go. The similarly constructed foredone "killed, destroyed," now is archaic, replaced by done for. Related: Foregoing; foregone.

Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.

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