AskDefine | Define forgo

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1 do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas" [syn: waive, relinquish, foreswear, dispense with]
2 lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime [syn: forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive] [ant: claim]
3 refrain from consuming; "You will have to forgo alcohol" [syn: give up] [also: forwent, forgone]

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Alternative spellings


  • /'foɻgo/


  1. To let pass.
  2. To do without.
    The only way to avoid shame is to forgo acting shamefully.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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