Forgo

For*go"

(?), v. t. [imp. Forwent; p. p. Forgone; p. pr. & vb. n. Forgoing.] [OE. forgan, forgon, forgoon, AS. forgn, prop., to go past, hence, to abstain from; pref. for- + gn to go; akin to G. vergehen to pass away, to transgress. See Go, v. i.] 1. To pass by; to leave. See 1st Forego.
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For sith [since] I shall forgoon my liberty
At your request.
Chaucer.
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And four [days] since Florimell the court forwent.
Spenser.
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2. to abstain from; to do without; to refrain from; to renounce; -- said of a thing already enjoyed, or of one within reach, or anticipated. See 1st forego, 2.
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This word in spelling has been confused with, and almost superseded by, forego to go before. Etymologically the form forgo is correct.
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