from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To precede, as in time or place.
- v. Variant of forgo.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To precede, to go before.
- v. Alternative spelling of forgo; to abandon, to relinquish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To quit; to relinquish; to leave.
- transitive v. To relinquish the enjoyment or advantage of; to give up; to resign; to renounce; -- said of a thing already enjoyed, or of one within reach, or anticipated.
- transitive v. To go before; to precede; -- used especially in the present and past participles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go before; precede.
- To go forward; go on.
- See forgo.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
To forego means “to go before” – the matching fore in forego and before is a handy way to remember the correct form:
An overlap complicates things slightly: forego is a variant spelling of forgo (“abstain, renounce, do without”) but the reverse is not the case, so avoiding this variation will help retain a useful distinction.
Contemplatives, in short, forego many transient pleasures, many satisfactions sweet to nature, all that the world holds most dear; but they gain in return a liberty for the soul which enables it to rise without hindrance to the thought and love of God.
I prefer to see "forego" used in the sense of "precede," e.g.,
It grates on me every time I see "forego" used in place of "forgo" (to do without).
But "forego" (as distinct from foregoing) is almost always wrong.
At the time these cuts were announced, at least one member of the Office of the Publisher stated in an e-mail that all three would "forego" bonuses.
To answer "A's" question, yes, I'd gladly opt out of Social Security and forego any benefits instead of throwing about over 13% of my earnings on a failed system.
In proof of his vocation, he must even forego the happiness of family life, if he were to receive the formal religious sanction.
“Thinking Outside the Box” – This basically means “We built this multi-million dollar business based on certain methods, but we want you to forego all those methods and come up with your own ideas.”