or fore·go

[ fawr-goh ]
See synonyms for: forgoforgoesforgoingforgone on

verb (used with object),for·went [fawr-went], /fɔrˈwɛnt/, for·gone [fawr-gawn, -gon], /fɔrˈgɔn, -ˈgɒn/, for·go·ing.
  1. to abstain or refrain from; do without.

  2. to give up, renounce, or resign.

  1. Archaic. to neglect or overlook.

  2. Archaic. to quit or leave.

  3. Obsolete. to go or pass by.

Origin of forgo

First recorded before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān ; see origin at for-, go1

Other words for forgo

Other words from forgo

  • for·go·er, noun
  • un·for·gone, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use forgo in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for forgo



/ (fɔːˈɡəʊ) /

verb-goes, -going, -went or -gone (tr)
  1. to give up or do without

  2. archaic to leave

Origin of forgo

Old English forgān; see for-, go 1

Derived forms of forgo

  • forgoer or foregoer, noun

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