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[fawr-goh] /fɔrˈgoʊ/
verb (used with object), forwent, forgone, forgoing.
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.
Also, forego.
Origin of forgo
before 950; Middle English forgon, Old English forgān. See for-, go1
Related forms
forgoer, noun
unforgone, adjective
1. forbear, sacrifice, forsake. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forgo
  • It also reminds me gardens can still be affordable if you forgo the outdoor kitchens and all the rest of the bells and whistles.
  • Or, forgo the networking sites altogether and put up your own site, as the pros do.
  • Use compost tea to encourage a healthy lawn but don't forgo fertilizers.
  • And remember to decrease the amount of oil or forgo it completely if you used essential oils instead of whole herbs.
  • Rarely will you get a heavy downpour, which is why many locals opt to forgo the umbrella and wear a hooded rain jacket instead.
  • Members forgo two meals a month, donating the money to the sect's peace fund.
  • High-school and college teachers always entreat their charges to forgo the cramming.
  • It's good for the utilities because they get to forgo having to raise the huge capital needed for new power plants.
  • No one should have to choose to forgo a family to pursue a career.
  • Any witnesses, including victims, who in- tended to testifY during this phase would forgo watching any other portion.
British Dictionary definitions for forgo


verb (transitive) -goes, -going, -went, -gone
to give up or do without
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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