1 [fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), forewent, foregone, foregoing.
to go before; precede.

before 900; Middle English forgon, forgan, Old English foregān. See fore-, go1

foregoer, noun Unabridged


2 [fawr-goh, fohr-]
verb (used with object), forewent, foregone, foregoing.

foregoer, noun Unabridged
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forego1 (fɔːˈɡəʊ)
vb , -goes, -going, -went, -gone
to precede in time, place, etc
[Old English foregān]

forego2 (fɔːˈɡəʊ)
vb , -goes, -going, -went, -gone
(tr) a variant spelling of forgo

forgo or forego (fɔːˈɡəʊ)
vb , -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.  to give up or do without
2.  archaic to leave
[Old English forgān; see for-, go1]
forego or forego
[Old English forgān; see for-, go1]
for'goer or forego
fore'goer or forego

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Word Origin & History

O.E. forgan "go away, pass over, leave undone," from for- "away" + gan "go." Usually in foregone conclusion, which was popularized in Shakespeare's "Othello" [III.iii], but his sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Related: Foregoing;
foregone. The similar foredone is now archaic, replaced by done for.
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Example sentences
Our inability to forego these rewarding aspects of food intake override
  long-term homeostatic control, contributing to obesity.
Forego the tradition and cook the stuffing outside of the bird.
However, he has decided to forego anonymity and will be chronicling his search
  for a tenure-track job this academic year.
Inflation expectations are implied by the extra return investors demand to
  forego protection against future price increases.
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