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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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Examples from the Web for forgone
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  • 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
  • For your sake I have forgone my claim on the Eversleighs, and you haven't one good word for me!

  • The boys went back to the hotel for breakfast, which even Bob had forgone in order to get earlier news of the boat.

  • We would have much rather waited on ourselves, and we wished Mrs. Martin had forgone the usual number of courses.

    Uncle Max

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for forgone


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
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Word Origin and History for forgone



"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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