Fore*go" (?), v. t.
[imp. Forewent 2; p. p.
Foregone (?; 115); p. pr. & vb. n.
Foregoing.] [See Forgo.] 1. To
quit; to relinquish; to leave.
Stay at the third cup, or forego the
2. To relinquish the enjoyment or advantage
of; to give up; to resign; to renounce; -- said of a thing already
enjoyed, or of one within reach, or anticipated.
All my patrimony,,
If need be, I am ready to forego.
Thy lovers must their promised heaven
[He] never forewent an opportunity of honest
profit. R. L. Stevenson.
☞ Forgo is the better spelling etymologically, but the
word has been confused with Forego, to go before.
Fore*go", v. t. [AS.
foregān; fore + gān to go; akin to
G. vorgehen to go before, precede. See Go, v.
i.] To go before; to precede; -- used especially in
the present and past participles.
Pleasing remembrance of a thought
For which the very mother's face forewent Mrs. Browning.
The mother's special patience.
Foregone conclusion, one which has preceded
argument or examination; one predetermined.