foregoing

[ fawr-goh-ing, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈgoʊ ɪŋ, foʊr- /

adjective

previously stated, written, or occurring; preceding: The foregoing paragraph presents the problem.

Nearby words

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

Origin of foregoing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at forego1, -ing2

forego

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

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

to go before; precede.

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 foregoing

foregoing

/ (fɔːˈɡəʊɪŋ) /

adjective

(prenominal) (esp of writing or speech) going before; preceding

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

forego

2
/ (fɔːˈɡəʊ) /

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

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

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Word Origin and History for foregoing

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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