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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 forgone
  • For the materialists who do science, the answer is a forgone conclusion and no other answers can be considered.
  • They don't do anything but speculate much to try to reach their forgone conclusion.
  • Charted above are the percentages of forgone work time dedicated to various activities outside the labor market.
  • The book is full of realistic dietary tricks that add up to many forgone calories.
  • If you give up causality, you might as well give up science, having forgone sanity already.
  • By contrast, the flow of forgone returns smooths the cost of the equity transfer over many years.
  • The result has been inefficiency, financial losses and forgone consumer benefits.
  • Going for a walk may appear to cost nothing, until you consider the opportunity forgone to use that time earning money.
  • The state has thus forgone ownership in an effort to achieve better results.
  • The trade might well turn out to be profitable but the forgone profit is a small price to pay for avoiding a potentially big loss.
British Dictionary definitions for forgone


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 forgone



"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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