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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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for·goalso 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.]
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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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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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.
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Past participle: forgone
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|Verb||1.||forgo - do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"|
|2.||forgo - be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede bronze tools"|
|3.||forgo - lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) 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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