American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To abstain from; relinquish: unwilling to forgo dessert.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go or pass by without claiming; forbear to possess, use, or do; voluntarily avoid or give up; renounce; resign.
- To quit; leave.
- Synonyms To yield, relinquish, let go.
- A Middle English form of forego.
- v. To let pass, to leave alone
- v. To do without, to abandon
- v. To refrain from, to abstain from, to pass up, to withgo.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pass by; to leave. See 1st forego.
- v. to abstain from; to do without; to refrain from; to renounce; -- said of a thing already enjoyed, or of one within reach, or anticipated. See 1st forego, 2.
- v. do without or cease to hold or adhere to
- v. lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime
- v. be earlier in time; go back further
- Middle English forgon ("to go by, pass up"), from Old English forgān ("to go away, forgo"). More at for- + go. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forgon, from Old English forgān, go away, forgo : for-, for- + gān, to go; see ghē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In me all human knowledge dwells, the oracle of oracles, past, present, future I reveal or in oblivion's silence seal; What I can preserve can perish never, what I forgo is lost forever.”
“If he'd handed in essays he might have learned to spell. "forgo".”
“It should be "forgo" (i.e. go without) not "forego" (i.e. go before).”
“And yet the press reports that Vikram Pandit and Win Bischoff will "forgo" their bonuses this year, while Pandit himself tells Citi employees that Bob Rubin "has elected to take no bonus" for 2008.”
“If they had to choose between being a big, rich world power as against retaining the cultural essence of Japan, they would rather be Switzerland and forgo the role of player in world affairs.”
“The survey of 2,000 people found that 28% of middle Britons – by age and by wealth – throughout the UK will forgo a holiday altogether, while this figure rose to 38% of those questioned in the south-east.”
“The union said Virgin Atlantic pilots have not had a pay rise since 2008 after agreeing to forgo an increase to help the company, with the expectation of a "fair" hike this year.”
“He would forgo his big staff car for a smaller model, still helmed by his driver, Tex, and sporting pennants with three stars.”
“The next test of the taboo was Vietnam where both Lyndon Johnson and even Richard Nixon at his maddest decided to forgo using nukes.”
“Kristi Newmeyer Jenkins, 36, of Cape Coral, Fla., said her family will forgo a summer trip to visit family and friends "up north.”
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