- 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.
Origin of forgo
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1. forbear, sacrifice, forsake.
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Examples from the Web for forgoes
Should lightning strike and Hillary Clinton forgoes a presidential run, Democrats have a nominee in waiting.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton
January 8, 2015
One who forgoes the advantage of a Hell for persons of another faith.The Devil's Dictionary
I admire this intelligent foresight of the maggot, which forgoes the comfort of the moment for the security of the future.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
No class of society, not even the most abjectly poor, forgoes all customary conspicuous consumption.The Theory of the Leisure Class
- to give up or do without
- archaic to leave
Old English forgān; see for-, go 1
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Word Origin and History for forgoes
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