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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.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
transitive verb forwent, forgone, forgoing
- to go past
- to overlook; neglect
- to do without; abstain from; give up
Origin: Middle English forgon ; from Old English forgan: see for- and amp; go
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also fore·go transitive verb for·went
To abstain from; relinquish: unwilling to forgo dessert.
Origin: Middle English forgon, from Old English forgān, go away, forgo : for-, for- + gān, to go; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.