When you skip dessert after a big meal, this is an example of a situation where you forgo dessert.
transitive verb-·went′, -·gone′, -·go′ing
- to go past
- to overlook; neglect
- to do without; abstain from; give up
Origin of forgoMiddle English forgon from Old English forgan: see for- and go
transitive verbfor·went, for·gone, for·go·ing, for·goes
Origin of forgoMiddle English forgon from Old English forgān go away, forgo for- for- gān to go ; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The verb forgo, meaning “to abstain from, do without,” has forego as an acceptable variant. Thus, one can forgo or forego dessert, though the spelling without the e is far more common and is preferred in most dictionaries. Forego also exists as a separate word meaning “to go before, either in place or time,” as in The essential points have been laid out in the foregoing pages. The two words have historically been spelled differently because they incorporate different prefixes: The fore- of forego is the same prefix (meaning “in front, ahead, before”) found in forefather, forehead, and foreword, while the for- of forgo is akin to the for- in forget, forlorn, and forsake and usually denotes loss or removal.
(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.