forego

1
[fawr-goh, fohr-]
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Origin of forego

1
before 900; Middle English forgon, forgan, Old English foregān. See fore-, go1
Related formsfore·go·er, noun

forego

2
[fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.
  1. forgo.
Related formsfore·go·er, noun
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forego

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verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone
  1. to precede in time, place, etc
Derived Formsforegoer, noun

Word Origin for forego

Old English foregān

forego

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verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone
  1. (tr) a variant spelling of forgo
Derived Formsforegoer, noun
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Word Origin and History for forego
v.

"to go before," Old English foregan "to go before," from fore- + go. The similarly constructed foredone "killed, destroyed," now is archaic, replaced by done for. Related: Foregoing; foregone.

Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.

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