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.

Definitions of forego
  1. verb
    do without or cease to hold or adhere to
    synonyms: dispense with, foreswear, forgo, relinquish, waive
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    give up, kick
    stop consuming
  2. verb
    lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime
    synonyms: forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
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    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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    let slip
    type of:
    forsake, leave behind
  3. verb
    be earlier in time; go back further
    synonyms: antecede, antedate, forgo, precede, predate
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    follow, postdate
    be later in time
    come after, follow
    come after in time, as a result
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