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foregoing

[fawr-goh-ing, fohr-]
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adjective
  1. previously stated, written, or occurring; preceding: The foregoing paragraph presents the problem.
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Origin of foregoing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at forego1, -ing2

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precedent, previous, prior, earlier, former.

forego1

[fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with or without object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.
  1. to go before; precede.
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Origin of forego1

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

forego2

[fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.
  1. forgo.
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Related formsfore·go·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for foregoing

foregoing

adjective
  1. (prenominal) (esp of writing or speech) going before; preceding
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forego1

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

Word Origin

Old English foregān

forego2

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

forego

v.

"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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