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 Johnson said the orchestra told the musicians that no performances would happen through August, and union members voted in favor of the payments and to forgo insurance coverage. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Pandemic woes: Symphony musicians are out of work and lacking health insurance coverage," 30 June 2020 Travel to the same states will lead New Yorkers to have to forgo COVID-19 paid sick leave that Cuomo and the state Legislature approved March 17. al, "Cuomo: No sick leave benefits for New York employees who visit Alabama," 27 June 2020 Women willing to forgo the spate of lawsuits have nine months to file claims with the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program. Washington Post, "Fund of up to $630 million for Jeffrey Epstein victims opens," 25 June 2020 Not only could Boermeester not get a look in from other NFL teams, but he was made to forgo a scholarship to another school because of the F grades and the financial hold from the two remaining classes. Fox News, "Expelled USC football player scores legal victory in Title IX case, vows to continue fighting 'male bias' that dashed his NFL hopes," 25 June 2020 The state is recommending schools forgo regular cafeteria meal service amid COVID-19. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Beshear releases #HealthyAtSchool guidance for getting Kentucky kids back to school," 25 June 2020 Perfumes and cosmetics have held up best: a lockdown is no reason to forgo a skincare regime, apparently. The Economist, "Fashion victims How slow times in the luxury world will separate the bling from the chaff," 20 June 2020 Health experts in the region worry the slowdown in new infection cases coupled with the stuffier climate will prompt people to forgo masks. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Coronavirus Face Masks Change for a New Season: Summer," 19 June 2020 Klein joined teammate John McMillon, another draft-eligible senior who chose to forgo an extra year in Lubbock for a chance to join a Major League Baseball organization. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Texas Tech’s Brian Klein, John McMillon forgo senior season to sign with MLB teams," 19 June 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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2 Jul 2020

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“Forgo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 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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