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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FOREGO', v.t. [See Go.]
1. To forbear to possess or enjoy; voluntarily to avoid the enjoyment of good. Let us forego the pleasures of sense, to secure immortal bliss.
2. To give up; to renounce; to resign. But this word is usually applied to things not possessed or enjoyed, and which cannot be resigned.
3. To lose.
4. To go before; to precede. Obs.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede bronze tools" [syn: predate, precede, forego, forgo, antecede, antedate] [ant: follow, postdate]
2: do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas" [syn: waive, relinquish, forgo, forego, foreswear, dispense with]
3: lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime; "you've forfeited your right to name your successor"; "forfeited property" [syn: forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo, forego] [ant: arrogate, claim, lay claim]

Merriam Webster's

I. transitive verb (forewent; foregone; foregoing) Date: before 12th century to go before ; precede foregoer noun II. variant of forgo

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. v.tr. & intr. (-goes; past -went; past part. -gone) precede in place or time. Derivatives: foregoer n. Etymology: OE foregan 2. foregoing adj. preceding; previously mentioned.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. Stay at the third cup, or forego the place. --Herbert. 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. All my patrimony,, If need be, I am ready to forego. --Milton. Thy lovers must their promised heaven forego. --Keble. [He] never forewent an opportunity of honest profit. --R. L. Stevenson. Note: Forgo is the better spelling etymologically, but the word has been confused with Forego, to go before.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Forego Fore*go", v. t. [AS. foreg[=a]n; fore + g[=a]n to go; akin to G. vorgehen to go before, precede. See GO, v. i.] To go before; to precede; -- used especially in the present and past participles. Pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone. --Wordsworth. For which the very mother's face forewent The mother's special patience. --Mrs. Browning. Foregone conclusion, one which has preceded argument or examination; one predetermined.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

also forgo(foregoes, foregoing, forewent, foregone) If you forego something, you decide to do without it, although you would like it. (FORMAL) Keen skiers are happy to forego a summer holiday to go skiing. = do without VERB: V n

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia



Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Relinquish, resign, renounce, surrender, cede, yield, abandon, give up, part with, let go.


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