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forgo

[fawr-goh] /fɔrˈgoʊ/
verb (used with object), forwent, forgone, forgoing.
1.
to abstain or refrain from; do without.
2.
to give up, renounce, or resign.
3.
Archaic. to neglect or overlook.
4.
Archaic. to quit or leave.
5.
Obsolete. to go or pass by.
Also, forego.
Origin of forgo
950
before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān. See for-, go1
Related forms
forgoer, noun
unforgone, adjective
Synonyms
1. forbear, sacrifice, forsake.
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  • It was a mere piece of theatricality, such as it was not in Scaramouche's nature to forgo.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Then the petitioners offered to do anything, only they begged him to forgo invasion.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • We'll have to forgo lights for the present, but I needed the bombs more.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • Tony was sulky, and Constance could not forgo the pleasure of baiting him further.

    Jerry Jean Webster
  • The freshmen who had been so favored did not wish to forgo these joys.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
British Dictionary definitions for forgo

forgo

/fɔːˈɡəʊ/
verb (transitive) -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.
to give up or do without
2.
(archaic) to leave
Derived Forms
forgoer, foregoer, noun
Word Origin
Old English forgān; see for-, go1
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Word Origin and History for forgo
v.

"to relinquish," Old English forgan "go away, pass over, leave undone," from for- "away" + gan "go" (see go). Related: Forgoing; forgone.

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