Definition of forgo in English:

forgo

(also forego)

verbforwent, forgone, forgoing, forgoes

[with object]
  • 1Go without (something desirable)

    ‘she wanted to forgo the tea and leave while they could’
    • ‘These contributions represent pay and if you forgo them, you are handing back earnings to the company.’
    • ‘We could've foregone that specific stop, I'm sure.’
    • ‘If you love wine but don't care for desserts, you may choose to buy a bottle of wine and forego dessert.’
    • ‘If you want to forego dessert, Pho Viet's homemade lemonade is like a party in your mouth.’
    • ‘Now, this is not to say that I don't have fried chicken dreams, or that I can forgo dessert.’
    • ‘Conservative estimates are that a woman foregoes $160,000 in earnings when she stops to have a child.’
    • ‘But don't worry; you don't need to forego your creature comforts.’
    • ‘My partner, Jack, stayed home, forgoing the 18-mile drive to work over snow-covered roads.’
    • ‘Whenever possible, forego fashion and stick with ‘sensible’ shoes.’
    • ‘Back at Balbirnie, it seemed churlish to forego afternoon tea.’
    • ‘I may be forced to go and purchase a second bag and forgo tea.’
    • ‘This produces a conservative estimate of annual earnings of $11,466 in 2001, which partially offset earnings foregone.’
    • ‘The results showed poorer students were more likely to leave early - failing to finish or foregoing the chance to go on to a more advanced course.’
    • ‘In order to reduce traffic congestion I have decided to forego the privilege of witnessing the golf at first hand.’
    • ‘If this is not your cup of tea, forgo the invitation and book a nearby hotel room.’
    • ‘Across the country, hospital management has engaged in schemes to compel hospital workers to forego breaks and put in longer shifts in order to maintain operations.’
    • ‘Against all odds, we, the drowsy and starving passengers who had to forego refreshment stops along the way to make up for lost time, entered the city of Durban.’
    • ‘Therefore, while a mother is taking time off to care for a child, she forgoes not only her earnings, but also on the ability to put funds into her privatized account.’
    • ‘They may forgo their lunch break or decide to work late.’
    • ‘No one expects you to forego dessert all the time.’
    do without, go without, give up, waive, renounce, surrender, disavow, relinquish, part with, drop, sacrifice, forswear, abjure, swear off, steer clear of, abandon, cede, yield, abstain from, refrain from, eschew, cut out
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    1. 1.1 Refrain from.
      ‘we forgo any comparison between the two men’
      • ‘In general, alpine and arctic birds have developed a variety of mechanisms to adjust or delay reproductive effort during storms, without forgoing or abandoning the breeding attempt.’
      • ‘The Bank of Japan's decision to raise the benchmark rate drew unusually strong attention because it forwent an increase in January this year in defiance of the widespread expectation that it might decide to raise it.’
      • ‘I do straight sets, forgoing advanced intensity techniques like forced reps or drop sets.’
      • ‘An opposition party refusing to move on is forgoing any possible historical turning point.’
      • ‘You can double or triple it, or forego reducing the sauce.’
      • ‘The Democratic Party demonstrated its abandonment of any pretext of opposition by foregoing the traditional response of the minority party to a presidential address to Congress.’
      • ‘They will have to postpone weddings, miss the birth of children, abandon plans to go back to college, and forego taking civilian jobs.’
      • ‘And if a sponsor refuses to sign, it may have to forgo participation in the study.’
      • ‘Because such changes could not be equally justified across the models tested, and our goal was to compare a priori models, we chose to forego modifications.’
      • ‘The second issue of waiver comes into effect when a party knowingly acts in a manner where he waives or foregoes reliance upon some known right or defect.’
      • ‘All they had to do was make sure that the warrior classes were comfortable and they could forgo the business of spears and swords.’

Origin

Old English forgān (see for-, go).

Pronunciation

forgo

/fəˈɡəʊ//fɔːˈɡəʊ/