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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Many organizations change lives by forgoing a donation in favor of a loan. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "Beyond Giving Tuesday: How to Make a Giving Plan and Why You Need One," 26 Nov. 2018 Today, celebrities and models regularly offer up their takes on menswear dressing, too: stars including Cate Blanchett and Lady Gaga have chosen to wear the blazer as a top, forgoing shirts underneath for a more feminine feel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emily Ratajowski Makes the Case for the Sexy Suit," 10 Nov. 2018 Models in luxury snake boots and sparkling disco heels suddenly appeared and — forgoing the dry catwalk strip — darted sideward to walk straight across the water. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 Just today, Microsoft announced the rollout of password-free login using its Microsoft Authenticator app while the digital security company Yubikey announced a new version of its USB security keys that forgo the need for passwords altogether. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Is This Finally the Beginning of the End for the Password?," 24 Sep. 2018 Civil’s proposal doesn’t require news organizations to forgo subscription revenue, according to a person familiar with the matter. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Plan to Fix Journalism With Cryptocurrency Draws Skepticism," 10 Oct. 2018 There's a level of security that comes with multi-year contracts that Bauer has decided to forgo throughout his career for no good reason. Khadrice Rollins,, "If Trevor Bauer Ever Signs a Multi-Year Deal He Will Get Shot in the Groin With a Paintball Gun," 6 July 2018 It is designed to relieve distressing symptoms such as pain, but is not based on prognosis and does not require a patient to forgo curative treatment. Stacey Burling,, "How to know when it's time for hospice," 22 June 2018 Medicare hospice rules currently require forgoing curative treatments., "10 things you need to know about hospice care," 24 Apr. 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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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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