foregone

[ fawr-gawn, -gon, fohr-; fawr-gawn, -gon, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈgɔn, -ˈgɒn, foʊr-; ˈfɔrˌgɔn, -ˌgɒn, ˈfoʊr- /

adjective

that has gone before; previous; past.
determined in advance; inevitable.

Nearby words

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

Origin of foregone

First recorded in 1590–1600; fore- + gone

Related formsfore·gone·ness, nounun·fore·gone, adjective

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 foregone

foregone

/ (fɔːˈɡɒn, ˈfɔːˌɡɒn) /

adjective

gone or completed; past
Derived Formsforegoneness, noun

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 foregone

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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