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to abstain or refrain from; do without; give up; renounce; forbear; sacrifice: I’ll forgo my dinner so that the poor child can eat.
Not to be confused with:
forego – go before; to precede: forego one’s partner in death
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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.
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(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
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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.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
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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.
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also forego
To let (something) go:
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[fɔːˈgəʊ] (forwent (pt) (forgone (pp))) vt (do without) → rinunciare a, fare a meno di
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