[fawr-gawn, -gon, fohr-; fawr-gawn, -gon, fohr-]
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Origin of foregone

First recorded in 1590–1600; fore- + gone
Related formsfore·gone·ness, nounun·fore·gone, adjective


[fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with or without object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.
  1. to go before; precede.

Origin of forego

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


[fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with object), fore·went, fore·gone, fore·go·ing.
  1. forgo.
Related formsfore·go·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for foregone

destined, certain, inescapable, inevitable, predictable

Examples from the Web for foregone

Contemporary Examples of foregone

Historical Examples of foregone

  • Why has it taken so many generations to reach a foregone conclusion?

  • That she would hate a soulless creature he accepted as a foregone conclusion.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Its special feature was a foregone family confidence and sympathy.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • All the foregone days of virtue work their health into this.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "The issue may be none so foregone as you suppose," she replied.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for foregone


  1. gone or completed; past
Derived Formsforegoneness, noun


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

Word Origin for forego

Old English foregān


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 foregone



"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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