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.
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans, though, say the benefits lead the jobless to forgo returning to work, an incentive that will prevent labor market recovery. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Recovery at stake as Congress battles over extending $600 unemployment benefit boost," 21 May 2020 Arnold had pledged to forgo most of her salary if elected. oregonlive, "Beaverton voters opt to reformat city government, choose two new councilors: 2020 primary election results," 19 May 2020 Disney's Artemis Fowl was the first from the studio to forgo a theatrical run for a premiere on the Disney+ streaming platform, and many theorized the same fate might befall this title. Nick Romano,, "The New Mutants X-Men spin-off emerges from limbo with new release date," 13 May 2020 Republican leaders are less likely to mandate them, and Republican voters are more likely to forgo, and even scorn, them. Anchorage Daily News, "In a coronavirus response riven by politics, masks are latest Rorschach test," 12 May 2020 Scalia followed with a letter to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board asking it to forgo its plan to move money into the Chinese equities. Deb Riechmann,, "Trump tells federal retiree fund to scrap plan for Chinese investments," 12 May 2020 And others have been strategizing ways to forgo the often costly delivery fees charged by third-party services by having in-house staff do all the driving. Janelle Bitker,, "Eight Bay Area restaurants that nail takeout," 8 May 2020 The Class of 2020 has been forced to forgo a myriad of things, including proms and final years of sports and other University Interscholastic League competitions. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Spring Branch ISD weighing graduation options for its Houston-area seniors," 5 May 2020 These communities have experienced frequent, sometimes egregious, bias from the health-care system, which has engendered lasting mistrust and leads some people to forgo needed care. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "The Essential Workers Filling New York’s Coronavirus Wards," 1 May 2020

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

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forgo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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