- 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)
Middle English forgon (“to go by, pass up”), from Old English forgān (“to go away, forgo”). More at for- + go.