forgo

The verb forgo means to give up or lose the right to something.

The word forgo can be traced back to the Old English word forgān, which meant to pass away or to die, which is sometimes referred to as "giving up the ghost." Perhaps it was this idea of relinquishing something that led to our modern-day use of the word forgo to mean to give up, waive, or forfeit something. For example, someone charged with a crime might decide to forgo the right to remain silent and instead confess.

Primary Meanings of forgo

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

v do without or cease to hold or adhere to

Synonyms:
dispense with, forego, foreswear, 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:
forego, forfeit, 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, forego, precede, predate
Antonyms:
follow, postdate
be later in time
come after, follow
come after in time, as a result
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