forego

1
[ fawr-goh, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈgoʊ, foʊr- /

verb (used with or without object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.

to go before; precede.

Nearby words

  1. forefoot,
  2. forefront,
  3. foregather,
  4. foregift,
  5. foreglimpse,
  6. foregoing,
  7. foregone,
  8. foregone conclusion,
  9. foregone conclusion, a,
  10. foreground

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- ]
/ fɔrˈgoʊ, foʊr- /

verb (used with object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.

Related formsfore·go·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for forego

forego

1
/ (fɔːˈɡəʊ) /

verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone

to precede in time, place, etc
Derived Formsforegoer, noun

Word Origin for forego

Old English foregān

verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone

(tr) a variant spelling of forgo
Derived Formsforegoer, noun

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Word Origin and History for forego

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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