forego

If you forego something, you choose to give it up. If you forego dessert after dinner, you are skipping dessert.

The verb forego (also spelled forgo) literally means “to go by.” In common usage it means “to abstain” or “do without.” You might forego smoking cigarettes as a New Year’s resolution. Forego can also mean “to precede,” or “go before.” This verb is often seen in its past participle form, foregone, in the phrase “foregone conclusion,” meaning a predetermined conclusion.

Primary Meanings of forego

1.
v
do without or cease to hold or adhere to
2.
v
be earlier in time; go back further
Full Definitions of forego
1

v do without or cease to hold or adhere to

Synonyms:
dispense with, foreswear, forgo, relinquish, waive
Types:
give up, kick
stop consuming

v lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime

Synonyms:
forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
Antonyms:
arrogate, claim, lay claim
demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
claim, take
lay claim to; as of an idea
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Types:
lapse
let slip
Type of:
abandon
forsake, leave behind
2

v be earlier in time; go back further

Synonyms:
antecede, antedate, forgo, precede, predate
Antonyms:
follow, postdate
be later in time
come after, follow
come after in time, as a result
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