- 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.
Origin of forgo
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1. forbear, sacrifice, forsake.
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Examples from the Web for forgo
Or might a solution be found that is mutually satisfactory to both sides—even if each side must forgo their maximum desires?New Documentary Reveals Story of Palestinian Village Covered Up By JNF Forest
November 13, 2013
And if he does lose, the political pressure on him to forgo a Syria strike will likely prove overwhelming.Obama Decision on Syria Good for U.S Democracy, but His Case Is Weak
September 3, 2013
Finally, a dance song dominates the summer but manages to forgo sugary pop confection.10 ‘Song of the Summer’ Contenders From Daft Punk to Ciara (VIDEO)
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For this reason, Republican politicians seeking to reach black audiences would do well to forgo formal speeches.What Rand Paul Should Have Done at Howard University
April 16, 2013
He forced her, along with her older sisters, to forgo any semblance of a normal childhood.Why My Mother Would Save Aurora Shooter James Holmes
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It was a mere piece of theatricality, such as it was not in Scaramouche's nature to forgo.Scaramouche
Then the petitioners offered to do anything, only they begged him to forgo invasion.Hellenica
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
The freshmen who had been so favored did not wish to forgo these joys.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
- to give up or do without
- archaic to leave
Old English forgān; see for-, go 1
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Word Origin and History for forgo
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