One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- past participle of forego
often postpositive Past.‘poets dream of lives foregone in worlds fantastical’
past, former, earlier, previous, prior, bygone, old, of old, ancient, long-agoView synonyms
- ‘‘These are accounts of people's lives,’ she said, vital for shedding light on foregone times.’
- ‘Must we just tag along to the daily chores of a stringent society, which has turned itself so vulnerable to the traditional boundaries of a foregone age?’
- ‘We stood apart in ideas but together in mourning of a foregone moment, of black communities with a long gone connectedness although just as much disagreement.’
- ‘Therefore, bemoaning the past or longing for a return of foregone days in some way denies the person one already is.’
- ‘The force of character is cumulative. All the foregone days of virtue work their health into this.’
a foregone conclusion
A result that can be predicted with certainty.
certainty, predictable result, predictable outcome, inevitability, matter of course, racing certaintyView synonyms
- ‘They knew pretty early on the result was a foregone conclusion, Labour were too far ahead to be caught.’
- ‘Certain moral decisions and attitudes are foregone conclusions.’
- ‘It is an election devoid of drama and excitement as the result seems a foregone conclusion.’
- ‘Although the votes are still being counted the results are a foregone conclusion.’
- ‘To stay up any later would have been pointless, the results almost a foregone conclusion.’
- ‘The results in many states are already foregone conclusions.’
- ‘There was still 23 minutes left but the result was a foregone conclusion.’
- ‘Indeed, it appears that the dispatch was a foregone conclusion rather than the result of a detailed survey.’
- ‘Sport is never that engaging when the result is a foregone conclusion.’
- ‘The result gave the lie to cynics who suggested the result was a foregone conclusion.’
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