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[fawr-goh] /fɔrˈgoʊ/
verb (used with object), forwent, forgone, forgoing.
to abstain or refrain from; do without.
to give up, renounce, or resign.
Archaic. to neglect or overlook.
Archaic. to quit or leave.
Obsolete. to go or pass by.
Also, forego.
Origin of forgo
before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān. See for-, go1
Related forms
forgoer, noun
unforgone, adjective
1. forbear, sacrifice, forsake. Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive) -goes, -going, -went, -gone
to give up or do without
(archaic) to leave
Derived Forms
forgoer, foregoer, noun
Word Origin
Old English forgān; see for-, go1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forgo

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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