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.
- for·go·er, noun
- un·for·gone, adjective
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How to use forgo in a sentence
It can lead people to forgo masks, disregard advice about limiting their social interactions, be less vigilant about washing their hands or otherwise set aside best practices that curb the spread of the virus.Maryland’s coronavirus numbers are going up. Here’s what you need to know. | Erin Cox | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Any layoffs will start with non-unionized employees, who are also forgoing raises this year, Metro officials said.Metro board approves budget cuts, buyouts as pandemic dents agency’s budget | Justin George | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Advocates say the threat of jury sentencing pressures people to forgo their trial rights and accept unfavorable plea deals from prosecutors.Northam signs several bills, sends Va. budget back to legislators with redistricting amendment | Patricia Sullivan | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Likewise, when you see people socializing without masks and skipping the physical distancing, it looks “normal” and could make you more likely to forgo them yourself.Sick Of COVID-19? Here’s Why You Might Have Pandemic Fatigue | LGBTQ-Editor | October 24, 2020 | No Straight News
The mission is forgoing the scheduled weigh procedure, since a spin maneuver would undoubtedly lead to more material loss, and NASA is confident it has way more than the 60 grams initially sought.OSIRIS-REx collected too much asteroid material and now some is floating away | Neel Patel | October 23, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
But will forgoing your morning oatmeal really lead to a leaner body and better athletic performance?
We spit our saliva into our spit kits after forgoing food for an hour before.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free | Charles C. Johnson | February 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As long as you don't mind forgoing some of your pool time for a meeting with the lawyers, it all sounds pretty painless.Book a Vacation at a Divorce Hotel and End Your Marriage in Luxury | Nina Strochlic | July 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But forgoing vengeance is pure Gabby, colleagues tell Eleanor Clift.Gabby Giffords Rises Above, ‘Satisfied’ With Jared Loughner Plea Deal | Eleanor Clift | August 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Finally we get to see Assange forgoing diplomacy and deference.
The forgoing provisions do not apply to children who are under compulsion to attend the national schools.The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection | Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle
He did not at all feel the relief he should have felt at forgoing his daily infliction.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes | Israel Zangwill
I will stay here forgoing all food, while ye all return home.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 | Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Behold, thy uterine brothers are all sad and cheerless at seeing thee resolved to put an end to thy life by forgoing food.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 | Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
In the forgoing remarks I have taken the liberty of extracting several facts from a valuable little work by Rolla Springfield.The Arabian Art of Taming and Training Wild and Vicious Horses | P. R. Kincaid
British Dictionary definitions for forgo
to give up or do without
archaic to leave
- forgoer or foregoer, noun
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