Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for forgoes
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • One who forgoes the advantage of a Hell for persons of another faith.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • I admire this intelligent foresight of the maggot, which forgoes the comfort of the moment for the security of the future.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • No class of society, not even the most abjectly poor, forgoes all customary conspicuous consumption.

British Dictionary definitions for forgoes

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for forgoes

forgo

v.

"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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for forgo

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for forgoes

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for forgoes