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verb (1)

fore·​go fȯr-ˈgō How to pronounce forego (audio)
forewent fȯr-ˈwent How to pronounce forego (audio) ; foregone fȯr-ˈgȯn How to pronounce forego (audio)
 also  -ˈgän
; foregoing fȯr-ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce forego (audio)

transitive verb

: to go before : precede
The story of his mishap forewent him.
foregoer noun


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verb (2)


less common spelling of forgo

transitive verb

: to give up the enjoyment or advantage of : do without
never forwent an opportunity of honest profitR. L. Stevenson
decided to forgo dessert for a few days
archaic : forsake

Examples of forego in a Sentence

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Trump’s decision to forego the debate in favor of an interview with Carlson, a conservative commentator and close ally, is a blow to Fox News, which is hosting the first debate. Max Greenwood The Charlotte Observer (tns), al, 18 Aug. 2023 Or are people better off foregoing this extra security in favor of keeping their data private? Justin Klawans, The Week, 26 July 2023 But the new Marian McLain release foregoes any maritime adventures, and instead just focuses on the art of blending—and the resulting whiskey is quite good. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 30 Apr. 2023 But he was also allowed to forego certain procedural indignities, including being handcuffed and having his booking photo taken. Globe Staff,, 15 Aug. 2023 Though a specific reason has not been given for Sky foregoing the rights to next year’s ceremony, many media companies are feeling the current economic strain and have thus been forced to undergo cost-cutting measures. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 9 Aug. 2023 Finally, for a friend who’s foregoing alcohol, bring along a bottle of Snow Chrysanthemum, a floral and delicate kombucha that makes a flavorful alternative to natural wine. Ellie Pithers Wei Tchou Alice Newell-Hanson Caitie Kelly Betsy Horan Jinnie Lee Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 24 July 2023 This is simply inexcusable: Prosecutors never have an incentive to forego the possibility of filing serious criminal charges. The Editors, National Review, 21 July 2023 Wong will forego his final year of college eligibility this time. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forego was before the 12th century

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“Forego.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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1 of 2 verb
fore·​go fōr-ˈgō How to pronounce forego (audio)
; foregone -ˈgȯn How to pronounce forego (audio)
 also  -ˈgän
; foregoing -ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce forego (audio)
: to go before : precede
foregoer noun


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variant of forgo

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