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forgo

[fawr-goh]
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verb (used with object), for·went, for·gone, for·go·ing.
  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

before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān. See for-, go1
Related formsfor·go·er, nounun·for·gone, adjective

Synonyms

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1. forbear, sacrifice, forsake.
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Examples from the Web for forgone

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Historical Examples

  • In her hands now lay the sinews of a war she had forgone all need of waging.

    Big Timber

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • Then too the advance of refinement causes words to be forgone, which are felt to speak too plainly.

    English Past and Present

    Richard Chevenix Trench

  • She felt bound to say it, and yet not for worlds would she have forgone being carried in his arms.

    A Bachelor Husband

    Ruby M. Ayres

  • Non amissi sed prmissi (said of friends deceased), Not forgone but foregone.

  • They wished in vain for the breakfast that the majority had forgone when the Pomfret Castle sighted land.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman


British Dictionary definitions for forgone

forgo

forego

verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone (tr)
  1. to give up or do without
  2. archaic to leave
Derived Formsforgoer or foregoer, noun

Word Origin

Old English forgān; see for-, go 1
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Word Origin and History for forgone

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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