forgo

verb
for·​go | \ fȯr-ˈgō How to pronounce forgo (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
forwent\ fȯr-​ˈwent How to pronounce forwent (audio) \; forgone\ fȯr-​ˈgȯn How to pronounce forgone (audio) also  -​ˈgän \; forgoing\ fȯr-​ˈgō-​iŋ How to pronounce forgoing (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 forgoer (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.

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As the stock market turned rocky toward the end of 2018, these consumers—the sort of affluent Americans who shop at Nordstrom’s luxury division—might have decided to forgo extra purchases. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Nordstrom Has Rich-People Problems," 16 Jan. 2019 In pushing transaction costs to zero on so many funds, Schwab and Fidelity will forgo transaction revenue. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Charles Schwab, Fidelity Escalate Brokerage Price War," 12 Feb. 2019 Even though a private source could potentially fund the work, any researchers would likely be forgoing any future federal funding—and any institutions involved in the work could face consequences as well. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 2018 In fact, many poor people forgo bank accounts altogether because banking fees take such a toll on their finances. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 Some models forgo the tire hold for a hand-like clasp that holds the bike frame. Ken Van Vechten, latimes.com, "Taking your bike on a road trip? Here's what you need to know about racks," 24 June 2018 Related The study published on Sunday, on which early-stage breast cancer patients can forgo chemo, is by far the most impactful so far. NBC News, "U.S. postal stamp helped fund key breast study," 4 June 2018 The repeal of the individual mandate will likely exacerbate that problem, as younger, healthier individuals will forgo insurance, leaving insurance companies with higher risk, higher cost member pools. Steven G. Ullmann, Ph.d., miamiherald, "An integrated response to the uncertainties in Florida’s healthcare industry | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has forgone the process of naming a preliminary squad before trimming down to a final group and instead named his definitive 23-man selection for the tournament in Russia. SI.com, "England Announce Official 23-Man Squad for 2018 World Cup With Uncapped Liverpool Starlet Included," 16 May 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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forgo

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forgo

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

forgo

verb
for·​go
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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