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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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  • The boys went back to the hotel for breakfast, which even Bob had forgone in order to get earlier news of the boat.

  • In her hands now lay the sinews of a war she had forgone all need of waging.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • We started rather late, in the tea interval, and nobody took the least interest in what was considered a forgone conclusion.

    Lawn Tennis for Ladies Mrs. Lambert Chambers
  • Then too the advance of refinement causes words to be forgone, which are felt to speak too plainly.

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
  • She felt bound to say it, and yet not for worlds would she have forgone being carried in his arms.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • Non amissi sed prmissi (said of friends deceased), Not forgone but foregone.

  • He has not forsaken the work of His hands nor forgone His original plan, which took account of all our wilfulness and sin.

  • For your sake I have forgone my claim on the Eversleighs, and you haven't one good word for me!

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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