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for·go

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forgoing - the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
forsaking, giving up - the act of forsaking
self-abnegation, self-renunciation, abnegation, self-denial, denial - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
References in classic literature ?
The stream is shrunk--the pool is dry, And we be comrades, thou and I; With fevered jowl and dusty flank Each jostling each along the bank; And by one drouthy fear made still, Forgoing thought of quest or kill.
Representative to ask if they were receiving their mandatory pay raise as of January 1, 2010, or are forgoing it as veterans will have to do because of the economic crisis facing our nation.
Some say that forgoing meat was forgoing a luxury, as meat was relatively rare for most people.