forego, forgo

 The first means to precede; the second means to do without. One of the most common spelling errors in English is to write forego when forgo is intended.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • forego, forgo — To forego is to go before, to precede. Forego is a rarely used word, but it would be correct, although somewhat archaic, to say The singing of a song will forego the main speech. Forgo (also a correct variant spelling of forego) means to give up …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • forego, forgo —    Commonly confused, as here: The independents must destroy all documents obtained during the case and agree to forego any further litigation against the chains for three years (InternationalHerald Tribune). Forego means to go before, to precede …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • forgo — See forego. See forego, forgo …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • forego — See forego, forgo …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Forego — 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. [1913 Webster] Stay at the third cup, or forego the place. Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. To relinquish… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Forgo — For*go , v. t. [imp. {Forwent}; p. p. {Forgone}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forgoing}.] [OE. forgan, forgon, forgoon, AS. forg[=a]n, prop., to go past, hence, to abstain from; pref. for + g[=a]n to go; akin to G. vergehen to pass away, to transgress. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forego — forgo, forego Both words are pronounced with the stress on the second syllable. Forgo means ‘to go without, abstain from’; forego means ‘to go before, precede’ and occurs principally in the forms foregoing and foregone (see the separate entries… …   Modern English usage

  • forgo — forgo, forego Both words are pronounced with the stress on the second syllable. Forgo means ‘to go without, abstain from’; forego means ‘to go before, precede’ and occurs principally in the forms foregoing and foregone (see the separate entries… …   Modern English usage

  • forego — forego1 [fôrgō′] vt., vi. forewent, foregone, foregoing [ME forgon < OE foregan] to go before in place, time, or degree; precede forego2 [fôrgō′] vt. alt. sp. of FORGO …   English World dictionary

  • forgo — (also forego) ► VERB (forgoes; past forwent; past part. forgone) ▪ go without (something desirable). ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.