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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Instead of staying in one of the city's many hotels, the Morocco-native decided to forgo amenities (many of the hotels are resort-style) and stayed in a home on the main strip of town. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "An Awe-Inspiring Visit to Ushuaia, Argentina, Also Known as “the End of the World”," 29 Nov. 2018 Thibault, who briefly waxed nostalgic about the early days when some employees would voluntarily forgo paychecks for two months each year, said he is convinced the sale to AB-InBev was the right move at the right time for Breckenridge. Ronnie Crocker, Houston Chronicle, "Breckenridge Brewery veterans accentuate the positive after AB-InBev sale," 28 Mar. 2018 Rather than choose a replacement, the award show's producers, Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, have opted to forgo the role entirely. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why There Isn't a Host for the Academy Awards Ceremony This Year," 23 Feb. 2019 Larcombe thinks Meghan could forgo the storied hospital for a reason other than distance: her relationship with fellow Duchess Kate Middleton. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle May Not Give Birth at the Lindo Wing, the Royal Family's Favorite Maternity Ward," 3 Feb. 2019 Spokesman John Buchel said the new Shorewood restaurant might forgo daily specials for its first couple of weeks. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blue's Egg opens Tuesday in Shorewood," 28 May 2018 Many officials have called on Kruse to resign and forgo a public conduct committee process that would likely be painful for the women Kruse harassed and draw a news media circus to the Capitol., "Can the Oregon Senate expel Jeff Kruse? Here are the facts," 8 Feb. 2018 In a move that was widely expected, LSU junior running back Derrius Guice declared for the 2018 NFL Draft and will forgo his senior season with the Tigers. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU's Derrius Guice declares for 2018 NFL Draft," 10 Jan. 2018 One big change coming soon is a kids menu that will forgo standard chicken fingers and french fries in favor of tike-friendly Mexican dishes like albondigas, which are meatballs made with rice. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The taco king just bought Festiva Mexican restaurant," 2 Jan. 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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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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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