for·​go | \ fȯr-ˈgō How to pronounce forgo (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
forwent\ fȯr-​ˈwent How to pronounce forgo (audio) \; forgone\ fȯr-​ˈgȯn How to pronounce forgo (audio) also  -​ˈgän \; forgoing\ fȯr-​ˈgō-​iŋ How to pronounce forgo (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce forgo (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Like Ernby, Chapman has chosen to forgo the lifesaving shots. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Those who forgo pop music and pizza may feel superior, but Emily in Paris shrugs at such snobbery. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2021 Still, Montgomery has also relaxed its vaccine mandate: Now staff who have fulfilled their obligation to report their vaccination status can get tested weekly and forgo the shots. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 Having catered to the hustle-like, yuppie millennials who would forgo their lunch breaks to eat a $15 salad at their desk, Sweetgreen had been hit hard by the pandemic. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2021 The families successfully pushed for the Trump administration to forgo seeking the death penalty to secure support for the prosecution from Britain. Rachel Weiner And Justin Jouvenal, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2022 Homebuyers have faced a tough choice during the pandemic: Swallow rapid price increases and forgo typical steps like house inspections, or risk getting left out of the real estate market. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 1 Apr. 2022 Work from home three days a week, and forgo business travel when a Zoom call will do. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 During the holiday, Muslims around the world forgo eating from dawn until sunset every day of the month — breaking the fast with a feast called iftar. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Forgo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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