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forgo

[fawr-goh]
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verb (used with object), for·went, for·gone, for·go·ing.
  1. to abstain or refrain from; do without.
  2. to give up, renounce, or resign.
  3. Archaic. to neglect or overlook.
  4. Archaic. to quit or leave.
  5. Obsolete. to go or pass by.
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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

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

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

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

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • 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.

    Jerry

    Jean Webster

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


British Dictionary definitions for forgo

forgo

forego

verb -goes, -going, -went or -gone (tr)
  1. to give up or do without
  2. archaic to leave
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Derived Formsforgoer or foregoer, noun

Word Origin

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

v.

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

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