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also fore·go  (fôr-gō′)
tr.v. for·went (-wĕnt′), for·gone (-gôn′, -gŏn′), for·go·ing, for·goes
To abstain from; relinquish: unwilling to forgo dessert.

[Middle English forgon, from Old English forgān, go away, forgo : for-, for- + gān, to go; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.]

for·go′er n.
Usage Note: The verb forgo, meaning "to abstain from, do without," has forego as an acceptable variant. Thus, one can forgo or forego dessert, though the spelling without the e is far more common and is preferred in most dictionaries. Forego also exists as a separate word meaning "to go before, either in place or time," as in The essential points have been laid out in the foregoing pages. The two words have historically been spelled differently because they incorporate different prefixes: The fore- of forego is the same prefix (meaning "in front, ahead, before") found in forefather, forehead, and foreword, while the for- of forgo is akin to the for- in forget, forlorn, and forsake and usually denotes loss or removal.


(fɔːˈɡəʊ) or


vb (tr) , -goes, -going, -went or -gone
1. to give up or do without
2. archaic to leave
[Old English forgān; see for-, go1]
forˈgoer, foreˈgoer n


or fore•go


v.t. -went, -gone, -go•ing.
1. to abstain or refrain from; give up; renounce.
2. Archaic. to neglect; overlook.
3. Archaic. to quit or leave.
[before 950]
for•go′er, n.


Past participle: forgone
Gerund: forgoing

I forgo
you forgo
he/she/it forgoes
we forgo
you forgo
they forgo
I forwent
you forwent
he/she/it forwent
we forwent
you forwent
they forwent
Present Continuous
I am forgoing
you are forgoing
he/she/it is forgoing
we are forgoing
you are forgoing
they are forgoing
Present Perfect
I have forgone
you have forgone
he/she/it has forgone
we have forgone
you have forgone
they have forgone
Past Continuous
I was forgoing
you were forgoing
he/she/it was forgoing
we were forgoing
you were forgoing
they were forgoing
Past Perfect
I had forgone
you had forgone
he/she/it had forgone
we had forgone
you had forgone
they had forgone
I will forgo
you will forgo
he/she/it will forgo
we will forgo
you will forgo
they will forgo
Future Perfect
I will have forgone
you will have forgone
he/she/it will have forgone
we will have forgone
you will have forgone
they will have forgone
Future Continuous
I will be forgoing
you will be forgoing
he/she/it will be forgoing
we will be forgoing
you will be forgoing
they will be forgoing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been forgoing
you have been forgoing
he/she/it has been forgoing
we have been forgoing
you have been forgoing
they have been forgoing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been forgoing
you will have been forgoing
he/she/it will have been forgoing
we will have been forgoing
you will have been forgoing
they will have been forgoing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been forgoing
you had been forgoing
he/she/it had been forgoing
we had been forgoing
you had been forgoing
they had been forgoing
I would forgo
you would forgo
he/she/it would forgo
we would forgo
you would forgo
they would forgo
Past Conditional
I would have forgone
you would have forgone
he/she/it would have forgone
we would have forgone
you would have forgone
they would have forgone
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.forgo - do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"
kick, give up - stop consuming; "kick a habit"; "give up alcohol"
2.forgo - be earlier in timeforgo - be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede bronze tools"
3.forgo - lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime; "you've forfeited your right to name your successor"; "forfeited property"
abandon - forsake, leave behind; "We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"
lapse - let slip; "He lapsed his membership"


verb give up, sacrifice, surrender, do without, kick (informal), abandon, resign, yield, relinquish, renounce, waive, say goodbye to, cede, abjure, leave alone or out The men would not forgo the chance of a feast.


also forego
To let (something) go:


[fɔːˈgəʊ] (forwent (pt) (forgone (pp))) vt (do without) → rinunciare a, fare a meno di
References in classic literature ?
He heaved a deep sigh and said, "I grieve for myself and for us all; I grieve that I shall have to forgo the marriage, but I do not care nearly so much about this, for there are plenty of other women in Ithaca and elsewhere; what I feel most is the fact of our being so inferior to Ulysses in strength that we cannot string his bow.
All this will he do if you will now forgo your anger.
It is a fight E L'OUTRANCE, and we can afford to throw away or forgo no chance.
I had returned to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come and visit us.
From the dining-room, of which, though already seen, and always to be seen at five o'clock, the general could not forgo the pleasure of pacing out the length, for the more certain information of Miss Morland, as to what she neither doubted nor cared for, they proceeded by quick communication to the kitchen -- the ancient kitchen of the convent, rich in the massy walls and smoke of former days, and in the stoves and hot closets of the present.
She evidently felt frightened and ashamed to have accepted charity in a house where such things could be said, and was at the same time sorry to have now to forgo the charity of this house.
The human quality of his voice had startled the gutter-cat, causing her to forgo her spring as she flattened down her ears and bellied closer to the floor.
I had no moral disinclination for beer, and just because I didn't like the taste of it and the weight of it was no reason I should forgo the honour of his company.
The tortures of the accused did not equal mine; she was sustained by innocence, but the fangs of remorse tore my bosom and would not forgo their hold.
Truly, having by this time said everything she could say in maintenance of her wonderfully mythical position, and in admonition to Mr Meagles that he must not expect to bear his honours of alliance too cheaply, Mrs Gowan was disposed to forgo the rest.
I feel that if we forgo our COLA raise and have to tighten our belts because of the nation's economic crisis, Congress should forgo their mandatory pay raise.
Three top executives at the bank, chief executive John Varley, finance director Chris Lucas, and president Bob Diamond would forgo a cash bonus for 2009.