forego

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English foregān, corresponding to fore- +‎ go.

Verb[edit]

forego (third-person singular simple present foregoes, present participle foregoing, simple past forewent, past participle foregone)

  1. To precede, to go before.
    • Wordsworth
      pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone
Usage notes[edit]
  • The sense to precede is usually found in the form of the participles foregone (especially in the phrase "a foregone conclusion") and foregoing (usually used either attributively, as in "the foregoing discussion", or substantively, as in "subject to the foregoing").
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Etymology 2[edit]

See forgo

Verb[edit]

forego (third-person singular simple present foregoes, present participle foregoing, simple past forewent, past participle foregone)

  1. Alternative spelling of forgo; to abandon, to relinquish
    • 1762 Waller, T. The White Witch of the Wood, or the Devil of Broxbon, in The Beauties of all the Magazines Selected, for the Year 1762, Vol. I (February), page 34:
      […] for on no other terms does she desire a reconciliation, but will sooner forego all the hopes to which her birth entitles her, and get her bread by service, than ever yield to become the wife of the ——.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Many writers prefer the spelling forgo on the grounds that it avoids ambiguity.

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