- 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 forgoing
But will forgoing your morning oatmeal really lead to a leaner body and better athletic performance?Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?
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We spit our saliva into our spit kits after forgoing food for an hour before.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free
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But forgoing vengeance is pure Gabby, colleagues tell Eleanor Clift.Gabby Giffords Rises Above, ‘Satisfied’ With Jared Loughner Plea Deal
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Finally we get to see Assange forgoing diplomacy and deference.I Love the Julian Assange Show!
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She will tack toward narrow and safe decisions, forgoing grand, sweeping arguments when simple ones will suffice.What Really Happened at Harvard
Samuel P. Jacobs
May 10, 2010
He did not at all feel the relief he should have felt at forgoing his daily infliction.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes
In the forgoing remarks I have taken the liberty of extracting several facts from a valuable little work by Rolla Springfield.
But Quin hadn't the slightest intention of forgoing one second of that delectable interview.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
The forgoing provisions do not apply to children who are under compulsion to attend the national schools.The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection
Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle
Behold, thy uterine brothers are all sad and cheerless at seeing thee resolved to put an end to thy life by forgoing food.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2
Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
- 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 forgoing
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