What does forgo mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. waive, relinquish, forgo, forego, foreswear, dispense withverb

    do without or cease to hold or adhere to

    "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"

  2. predate, precede, forego, forgo, antecede, antedateverb

    be earlier in time; go back further

    "Stone tools precede bronze tools"

  3. forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo, foregoverb

    lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime

    "you've forfeited your right to name your successor"; "forfeited property"


  1. Forgoverb

    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.


  1. forgoverb

    To let pass, to leave alone

  2. forgoverb

    To do without, to abandon

    The only way to avoid shame is to forgo acting shamefully.

  3. forgoverb

    To refrain from, to abstain from, to pass up, to withgo.

  4. Etymology: forgon, from forgan. More at.


  1. forgo

    To forgo means to decide not to do or have something, often something desired or expected. It generally implies making a conscious choice to give up or avoid an action or situation, usually to gain another benefit or advantage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgoverb

    to pass by; to leave. See 1st Forego

  2. Etymology: [OE. forgan, forgon, forgoon, AS. forgn, prop., to go past, hence, to abstain from; pref. for- + gn to go; akin to G. vergehen to pass away, to transgress. See Go, v. i.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forgo

    See Forego.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forgo in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forgo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of forgo in a Sentence

  1. Galileo Galilei:

    I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

  2. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

    Many could forgo heavy meals, a full wardrobe, a fine house, et cetera it is the ego they cannot forgo.

  3. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    Iran used to forgo some maritime offenses in ... (the) Gulf but will never close (its) eyes anymore.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    The lobbying that is taking place on the other side is fierce, it is well-financed, it is relentless, and in the absence of your voices, you are going to see the same array of forces that got us into the Iraq War, leading to a situation in which we forgo a historic opportunity and we are back on the path of potential military conflict.

  5. Earl Maize:

    The spacecraft is now on a ballistic path, so that even if we were to forgo future small course adjustments using thrusters, we would still enter Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, no matter what.

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