forgo

verb for·go \ fȯr-ˈgō \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of forgo

-went play \fȯr-ˈwent\; forgone play \fȯr-ˈgȯn also -ˈgän\; forgoing play \fȯr-ˈgō-iŋ, -ˈgȯ(-)iŋ\
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

forgoer

play \fȯr-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.

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Origin and Etymology of forgo

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

forgo Synonyms

Synonyms
abjure, abstain (from), forbear (also forego), keep (from), refrain (from), withhold (from)
Antonyms
bow (to), give in (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)
Related Words
avoid, eschew, shun; check, constrain, curb, inhibit; deny, refuse, reject, repudiate; buck, combat, fight
Near Antonyms
acquiesce (to), capitulate, concede (to), knuckle under (to)


FORGO Defined for English Language Learners

forgo

verb

Definition of forgo for English Language Learners

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


FORGO Defined for Kids

forgo

verb for·go
variants: also forego \fȯr-ˈgō\

Definition of forgo for Students

forwent also forewent \-ˈwent\; forgone also foregone \-ˈgȯn\; forgoing also foregoing
:to give up the use or enjoyment of
  • Don't forgo this opportunity.


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