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

to abstain or refrain from; do without.
to give up, renounce, or resign.
Archaic. to neglect or overlook.
Archaic. to quit or leave.
Obsolete. to go or pass by.

Also forego.

Origin of forgo

before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān. See for-, go1
Related formsfor·go·er, nounun·for·gone, adjective

Synonyms for forgo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of forgo

Historical Examples of forgo

  • It was a mere piece of theatricality, such as it was not in Scaramouche's nature to forgo.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Then the petitioners offered to do anything, only they begged him to forgo invasion.



  • We'll have to forgo lights for the present, but I needed the bombs more.

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell

  • Tony was sulky, and Constance could not forgo the pleasure of baiting him further.


    Jean Webster

  • The freshmen who had been so favored did not wish to forgo these joys.

British Dictionary definitions for forgo



verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone (tr)

to give up or do without
archaic to leave
Derived Formsforgoer or foregoer, noun

Word Origin for forgo

Old English forgān; see for-, go 1
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Word Origin and History for forgo

"to relinquish," Old English forgan "go away, pass over, leave undone," from for- "away" + gan "go" (see go). Related: Forgoing; forgone.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper