[ fawr-goh ]
/ fɔrˈgoʊ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. forgivable,
  2. forgive,
  3. forgive and forget,
  4. forgiveness,
  5. forgiving,
  6. forgot,
  7. forgotten,
  8. forgotten man,
  9. forint,
  10. forjudge

Also forego.

Origin of forgo

before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān. See for-, go1

Related formsfor·go·er, nounun·for·gone, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forgo



/ (fɔːˈɡəʊ) /

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