v. (fôr-gôn, -gŏn)
Past participle of forego1
adj. (fôrgôn′, -gŏn′)
Having gone before; previous.
Usage Note: The word foregone is occasionally used by itself as a truncation of the phrase a foregone conclusion, as in It is by no means foregone that the team will relocate to Baltimore next season. But the usage has not gained broad acceptance. More than 85 percent of Usage Panelists disapproved of this usage in our 2014 survey.
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