- The definition of forgo is to refrain from doing something or to do without something.
When you skip dessert after a big meal, this is an example of a situation where you forgo dessert.
transitive verbfor·went , for·gone , for·go·ing, for·goes also fore·went or fore·gone or fore·go·ing or fore·goes
Origin of forgoMiddle English forgon, from Old English forgān, go away, forgo : for-, for- + gān, to go; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present forgoes, present participle forgoing, simple past forwent, past participle forgone)