Forego Fore*go", v. t. [imp. {Forewent 2}; p. p. {Foregone} (?; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Foregoing}.] [See {Forgo}.] 1. To quit; to relinquish; to leave. [1913 Webster]

Stay at the third cup, or forego the place. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

2. To relinquish the enjoyment or advantage of; to give up; to resign; to renounce; -- said of a thing already enjoyed, or of one within reach, or anticipated. [1913 Webster]

All my patrimony,, If need be, I am ready to forego. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Thy lovers must their promised heaven forego. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

[He] never forewent an opportunity of honest profit. --R. L. Stevenson. [1913 Webster]

Note: Forgo is the better spelling etymologically, but the word has been confused with {Forego}, to go before. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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