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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.

Definitions of forgo
  1. verb
    do without or cease to hold or adhere to
  2. verb
    lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime
    synonyms: forego, forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive
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    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
  3. verb
    be earlier in time; go back further
    synonyms: antecede, antedate, forego, precede, predate
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    Antonyms:
    follow, postdate
    be later in time
    come after, follow
    come after in time, as a result
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