Forgo meaning

fôr-gō'
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.

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To do without; abstain from; give up.
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To let pass, to leave alone.
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To do without, to abandon.

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

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

Unwilling to forgo dessert.

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Origin of forgo

  • Middle English forgon from Old English forgān go away, forgo for- for- gān to go ghē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English forgon (“to go by, pass up”), from Old English forgān (“to go away, forgo”). More at for- +‎ go.
    From Wiktionary