for·​go | \fȯr-ˈgō \
variants: or less commonly
forwent\ fȯr-​ˈwent \; forgone\ fȯr-​ˈgȯn also  -​ˈgän \; forgoing\ fȯr-​ˈgō-​iŋ , -​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 \ 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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UCLA School of Law professor emeritus Gary Blasi said the city might point to empty beds to make their legal case, but countered that forgoing a bed is reasonable if shelters are unsafe or force people to leave behind almost all of their belongings. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "Garcetti says L.A. can resume disputed ban on overnight sidewalk sleeping," 22 June 2018 Croatia gained membership to FIFA as an independent nation in 1991, therefore forgoing any claims to Yugoslavia's historic results. Chris Lehourites,, "Croatia has surpassed the great Yugoslav teams of the past," 12 July 2018 As Pete often chooses track pants and a T-shirt or hoodie, Ariana often forgoes pants entirely, opting for a look with a sporty top-as-dress. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Paired Thigh-High Boots with a Sporty Jacket Turned Dress," 2 July 2018 That means that if ratepayers embrace conservation during a drought, the water authority must continue to buy expensive desalinated water while potentially forgoing the cheaper water from the Met. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018 This riff forgoes lemons and black tea for a tropical twist on the famous drink. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Instead of lemonade, try a hibiscus-lime Arnold Palmer," 20 June 2018 Spain Spain’s jersey forgoes symmetry for a row of yellow and purple triangles down the side of the red kit. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup teams debut colorful, throwback jerseys for the 2018 tournament," 13 June 2018 Without insurance coverage, they would be forced to use less costly, less effective methods or forgo birth control altogether. Gretchen Borchelt,, "Access To Birth Control Is A Right, No Matter What The Trump Administration Thinks," 7 June 2018 And those policies that are available cost thousands of dollars a year, a hefty cost many residents simply forgo. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "It will be months before lava from Hawaii volcano can be removed from neighborhoods," 17 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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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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