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foregoing

[fawr-goh-ing, fohr-] /fɔrˈgoʊ ɪŋ, foʊr-/
adjective
1.
previously stated, written, or occurring; preceding:
The foregoing paragraph presents the problem.
Origin of foregoing
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see forego1, -ing2
Synonyms
precedent, previous, prior, earlier, former.

forego1

[fawr-goh, fohr-] /fɔrˈgoʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), forewent, foregone, foregoing.
1.
to go before; precede.
Origin
before 900; Middle English forgon, forgan, Old English foregān. See fore-, go1
Related forms
foregoer, noun

forego2

[fawr-goh, fohr-] /fɔrˈgoʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), forewent, foregone, foregoing.
1.
Related forms
foregoer, noun
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  • This is easily distinguished from the foregoing species by its conspicuous white eyebrow.

  • Our numbers will indicate where they are to be found in the foregoing collection.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • Lady Fingers—Are mixed in the same manner, and of the same ingredients as the foregoing receipt for the best sponge cake.

  • If the foregoing piece be worth your strictures, let me have them.

  • The average speaker will deliver the foregoing line on destiny with about the same amount of emphasis on each word.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • He somehow suspected, after the foregoing conversation, to whom the letter was addressed.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for foregoing

foregoing

/fɔːˈɡəʊɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) (esp of writing or speech) going before; preceding

forego1

/fɔːˈɡəʊ/
verb -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.
to precede in time, place, etc
Derived Forms
foregoer, noun
Word Origin
Old English foregān

forego2

/fɔːˈɡəʊ/
verb -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.
(transitive) a variant spelling of forgo
Derived Forms
foregoer, noun
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Word Origin and History for foregoing

forego

v.

"to go before," Old English foregan "to go before," from fore- + go. The similarly constructed foredone "killed, destroyed," now is archaic, replaced by done for. Related: Foregoing; foregone.

Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.

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