for·go | \fȯr-ˈgō \
variants: or less commonly
forwent\fȯr-ˈwent \; forgone\fȯr-ˈgȯn also -ˈgän \; forgoing\fȯr-ˈgō-iŋ, -ˈgȯ(-)iŋ \

Definition of forgo 

transitive verb

1 : to give up the enjoyment or advantage of : do without never forwent an opportunity of honest profit— R. L. Stevenson decided to forgo dessert for a few days

2 archaic : forsake

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Other Words from forgo

forgoer \fȯr-ˈgō-ər \ noun

Examples of forgo in a Sentence

She is planning to forgo her right to a trial and simply plead guilty. I'll forgo dessert tonight—I'm trying to lose weight.

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But Markle opted to forgo a hat and instead, went for a boat neckline dress for today's engagement. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channels Amal Clooney's Royal Wedding Yellow," 5 July 2018 The bad news was offset by manager Torey Lovullo’s pregame announcement that Ray would forgo his final rehab start for Triple-A Reno and start Wednesday against the Marlins. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Diamondbacks accelerate plan for Robbie Ray, set to start on Wednesday," 25 June 2018 White, from North Carolina, is committed to South Carolina, but each of the top prep draftees are expect to forgo their college commitments. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Daniels' deal wasn't the only Rangers news Thursday," 7 June 2018 Another study presented at the meeting concluded that many patients with advanced kidney cancer could forgo kidney-removal surgery, a common treatment, and instead take Pfizer Inc.’s Sutent drug. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Doctors Suggest Less Chemo, Surgery for Some Cancer Treatments," 3 June 2018 His former front court partner, Tyler Davis, who is forgoing his senior season, is unlikely to be drafted and is not even among ESPN’s top 100 prospects in this draft class. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "SEC basketball got a boost after these players withdrew from the NBA Draft," 31 May 2018 Cornette, a Cincinnati native, is held in such regard that some Xavier and Cincinnati Bearcats fans are forgoing trips to their teams’ tournament games to support the foundation. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "How Joel Cornette's friendship with LaVall Jordan changed Butler forever," 13 Mar. 2018 But that doesn’t mean everyone would forgo conventional meat. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Hungry for some lab-grown meat? You might find it in a restaurant this year, CEO says | Miami Herald," 3 Mar. 2018 The only difference is that Trump’s scenario forgoes the public health, environmental, and climate benefits that come from using less fossil fuels. Emily Atkin, New Republic, "The Solution to Trump’s Infrastructure Problems: Raise the Gas Tax," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of forgo

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forgo

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

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Phrases Related to forgo

a foregone conclusion

the foregoing

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The first known use of forgo was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of forgo

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


variants: also forego \fȯr-ˈgō \
forwent also forewent\-ˈwent \; forgone also foregone\-ˈgȯn \; forgoing also foregoing

Kids Definition of forgo

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

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