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.
Also forego.

Origin of forgo

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

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Historical Examples of forgo

  • 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
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
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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