Fore·go v. t. [imp. Forewent 2; p. p. Foregone p. pr. & vb. n. Foregoing.]
1. To quit; to relinquish; to leave.
Stay at the third cup, or forego the place. --Herbert.
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. --Milton.
Thy lovers must their promised heaven forego. --Keble.
[He] never forewent an opportunity of honest profit. --R. L. Stevenson.
Note: ☞ Forgo is the better spelling etymologically, but the word has been confused with Forego, to go before.
v : be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede
bronze tools" [syn: predate, precede, antecede, antedate]
[also: forewent, foregone]
adj : well in the past; former; "bygone days"; "dreams of foregone
times"; "sweet memories of gone summers"; "relics of a
departed era" [syn: bygone, bypast, departed, gone]