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also fore·go  (fôr-gō′)
tr.v. for·went (-wĕnt′), for·gone (-gôn′, -gŏn′), for·go·ing, for·goes
To abstain from; relinquish: unwilling to forgo dessert.

[Middle English forgon, from Old English forgān, go away, forgo : for-, for- + gān, to go; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.]

for·go′er n.
Usage Note: The verb forgo, meaning "to abstain from, do without," has forego as an acceptable variant. Thus, one can forgo or forego dessert, though the spelling without the e is far more common and is preferred in most dictionaries. Forego also exists as a separate word meaning "to go before, either in place or time," as in The essential points have been laid out in the foregoing pages. The two words have historically been spelled differently because they incorporate different prefixes: The fore- of forego is the same prefix (meaning "in front, ahead, before") found in forefather, forehead, and foreword, while the for- of forgo is akin to the for- in forget, forlorn, and forsake and usually denotes loss or removal.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forgoing - the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
forsaking, giving up - the act of forsaking
self-abnegation, self-renunciation, abnegation, self-denial, denial - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
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Forgoing androgen deprivation therapy cuts rather than raises overall and cardiac mortality in certain patients with prostate cancer, depending on their comorbidities, according to a Research Letter to the Editor published online Sept.
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Some college students are deciding to forgo student loans in an attempt to avoid debt, but that path has education experts fearing those students also will eventually be forgoing their education.
Deans and archdeacons as well as most of the senior staff of the Church in Wales representative body and some diocesan secretaries are also forgoing the pay rise.
Representative to ask if they were receiving their mandatory pay raise as of January 1, 2010, or are forgoing it as veterans will have to do because of the economic crisis facing our nation.
O'Brien will be forgoing the contractual pay raise he is entitled to receive in July.
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The government also faces forgoing additional royalty revenues, which will likely be in the billions of dollars, on future production from these leases.
Some say that forgoing meat was forgoing a luxury, as meat was relatively rare for most people.
* Many large employers are forgoing several regional health plans for one or a few insurers with a national network.