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 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 The bank’s chairman Urs Rohner has also offered to forgo his annual compensation of 1.5 million franc for 2020. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, "Credit Suisse Takes $4.7 Billion Hit Following Archegos Collapse," 6 Apr. 2021 Some critics of the law increasingly have focused on the sporting industry, pushing the NCAA and the World Cup to forgo Georgia for future premier events. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Georgia's law draws MLB snub," 3 Apr. 2021 Very quickly, Spotify promotion will be reserved for those labels and artists most willing and able to forgo revenue for attention. Ron Knox, Wired, "Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry," 16 Mar. 2021 More and more parents have chosen to forgo vaccines for their children in recent years, even after theories that immunizations are linked to autism were debunked. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "Could Texas students eventually be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine?," 21 Dec. 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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4 May 2021

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“Forgo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 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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