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forgo

verb for·go \fȯr-ˈgō\

Simple Definition of forgo

  • : to give up the use or enjoyment of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of forgo

-went

\-ˈwent\

forgone

play \-ˈgȯn also -ˈgän\

forgoing

play \-ˈgō-iŋ, -ˈgȯ(-)iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give up the enjoyment or advantage of :  do without

  3. 2 archaic :  forsake

forgoer

play \-ˈgō-ər\ noun

Examples of forgo in a sentence

  1. She is planning to forgo her right to a trial and simply plead guilty.

  2. <I'll forgo dessert tonight—I'm trying to lose weight.>



Variants of forgo

also

forego

\fȯr-ˈgō\

Origin and Etymology of forgo

Middle English, from Old English forgān to pass by, forgo, from for- + gān to go


First Known Use: before 12th century



FORGO Defined for Kids

forgo

verb for·go \fȯr-ˈgō\

Definition of forgo for Students

forwent

also

forewent

\-ˈwent\

forgone

also

foregone

\-ˈgȯn\

forgoing

also

foregoing

  1. :  to give up the use or enjoyment of <Don't forgo this opportunity.>



Variants of forgo

also

forego

\fȯr-ˈgō\


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