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 Last week on his podcast, Joe Rogan weighed in on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, opining that young, healthy people can probably forgo getting immunized against the coronavirus. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "Joe Rogan Wants to Clarify His COVID-19 Vaccine Comments: ‘I’m Not an Anti-Vaxx Person’," 29 Apr. 2021 April Brossett of Yorkville and her two daughters elected to forgo a lazy Saturday morning at home and decided to come to downtown Aurora to clean things up. David Sharos,, "Paramount organizes clean-up event in downtown Aurora in honor of Earth Day," 24 Apr. 2021 But, this doesn't mean vaccinated people can forgo all CDC recommendations. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "What to know about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opening up to ages 16+," 5 Apr. 2021 Roblox also said in the filing that its chief executive, David Baszucki, will forgo any cash and equity compensation as of the company’s direct listing. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Roblox Shares to Begin Trading March 10," 22 Feb. 2021 But if some people are not fully vaccinated, the CDC says the fully vaccinated people can forgo masks while those who aren’t shouldn’t. Alex Mann,, "As COVID mask guidance changes for outdoors, some things for Marylanders to consider," 29 Apr. 2021 In Maryland, state and local officials who embraced the repeal of the outdoor mask mandate are nevertheless urging residents to follow federal health guidance that only vaccinated people, with a few exceptions, forgo masks outdoors. Washington Post, "Easing of outdoor mask mandate has some localities grappling with what the rules should be," 29 Apr. 2021 People who want to walk or run with a partner can forgo masks if everyone involved is comfortable with the level of risk, Pollitt says. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Should I wear a mask outside? Experts weigh in on various outdoor scenarios.," 23 Apr. 2021 Here, the wraps thankfully forgo lettuce, which can’t hold up to the heat of the grill, swapping it for shredded red cabbage and just enough tomato and cucumber to give each bite some crunch. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Middle Eastern icon Old Jerusalem's sibling restaurant is spinning gorgeously creamy hummus and crisp falafel," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Forgo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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