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forgo

[fawr-goh] /fɔrˈgoʊ/
verb (used with object), forwent, forgone, forgoing.
1.
to abstain or refrain from; do without.
2.
to give up, renounce, or resign.
3.
Archaic. to neglect or overlook.
4.
Archaic. to quit or leave.
5.
Obsolete. to go or pass by.
Also, forego.
Origin of forgo
950
before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān. See for-, go1
Related forms
forgoer, noun
unforgone, adjective
Synonyms
1. forbear, sacrifice, forsake.
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  • He finally agreed to forgo the pleasure of possessing it for a suitable reward.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • It was a mere piece of theatricality, such as it was not in Scaramouche's nature to forgo.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It is extremely good of you to forgo any engagement you may have had merely to return this to me with your own hands.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Then the petitioners offered to do anything, only they begged him to forgo invasion.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Most had agreed to forgo rents and to help with artificial manure for next year.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
British Dictionary definitions for forgo

forgo

/fɔːˈɡəʊ/
verb (transitive) -goes, -going, -went, -gone
1.
to give up or do without
2.
(archaic) to leave
Derived Forms
forgoer, foregoer, noun
Word Origin
Old English forgān; see for-, go1
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Word Origin and History for forgo
v.

"to relinquish," Old English forgan "go away, pass over, leave undone," from for- "away" + gan "go" (see go). Related: Forgoing; forgone.

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