- 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 forgone
Most people have no idea how much money they have forgone in wages because of those benefits.Are Gold-Plated Health Benefits Making American Workers Worse Off?
January 15, 2013
The true Nixon-in-China opportunity was forgone in smaller policy specifics that will fail to capture the imagination.President Obama Seizes the Center
January 26, 2011
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.An Outline of English Speech-craft
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
- 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 forgone
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