forego Definition

  • 1to go before; precede
  • 2to do without; abstain from; give up

Using forego: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "forego" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He decided to forego dessert and have a cup of tea instead.

  • Example

    The company will forego its annual picnic this year due to budget constraints.

  • Example

    She chose to forego her salary increase in order to support the struggling business.

forego Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for forego

Antonyms for forego

  • indulge in
  • partake of

Phrases with forego

  • a result that is certain to happen, usually because it has already been decided or agreed upon


    It was a foregone conclusion that the incumbent would win the election.

  • to choose not to do something enjoyable or satisfying in order to achieve a greater goal


    I had to forego the pleasure of going out with my friends in order to study for my exams.

  • forego the formalities

    to skip the usual polite or ceremonial actions or words that are expected in a particular situation


    Let's just forego the formalities and get straight to the point.

Origins of forego

from Old English 'foregān', meaning 'to go before'


Summary: forego in Brief

The verb 'forego' [fɔːˈɡəʊ] means to go before or precede, as well as to do without or abstain from something. It can be used in phrases like 'foregone conclusion,' meaning a certain result, and 'forego the pleasure,' meaning to sacrifice enjoyment for a greater goal. 'Forego' is often used in formal contexts and can be replaced by 'forgo' or 'waive.'