Deliver vs Forego - What's the difference?

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Deliver is a related term of forego.

As verbs the difference between deliver and forego

is that deliver is to set free while forego is to precede, to go before or forego can be ; to abandon, to relinquish.



Alternative forms

* delivre (archaic)


(en verb)
  • To set free.
  • (label) To do with birth.
  • # To give birth.
  • # To assist in the birth of.
  • # To assist (a female) in bearing, that is, in bringing forth (a child).
  • #* Gower
  • She was delivered safe and soon.
  • (label) To free from or disburden of anything.
  • * (Henry Peacham) (1578-c.1644)
  • Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones.
  • To bring or transport something to its destination.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=10 , passage=Mr. Cooke had had a sloop?yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered .}}
  • To hand over or surrender (someone or something) to another.
  • * Bible, (w) xl. 13
  • Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • The constables have delivered her over.
  • * (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • The exalted mind / All sense of woe delivers to the wind.
  • To express in words, declare, or utter.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 27, author=Nathan Rabin, work=The Onion AV Club
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992) , passage=It’s a lovely sequence cut too short because the show seems afraid to give itself over to romance and whimsy and wistfulness when it has wedgie jokes to deliver .}}
  • To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge.
  • * Sir (Philip Sidney) (1554-1586)
  • shaking his head and delivering some show of tears
  • * Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • An uninstructed bowler thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straight forward.
  • To discover; to show.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • I'll deliver myself your loyal servant.
  • (label) To admit; to allow to pass.
  • (Francis Bacon)


    * (to set free) * (to express)

    Derived terms

    * delivery * deliverable * deliver the goods





    Etymology 1

    (etyl) .


  • To precede, to go before.
  • * Wordsworth
  • pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone
    Usage notes
    * The sense to precede'' is usually found in the form of the participles ''foregone'' (especially in the phrase "a foregone conclusion") and ''foregoing (usually used either attributively, as in "the foregoing discussion", or substantively, as in "subject to the foregoing").

    Etymology 2

    See forgo


  • ; to abandon, to relinquish
  • * 1762 Waller, T. The White Witch of the Wood, or the Devil of Broxbon'', in ''The Beauties of all the Magazines Selected, for the Year 1762 , Vol. I (February), page 34:
  • […] for on no other terms does she desire a reconciliation, but will sooner forego all the hopes to which her birth entitles her, and get her bread by service, than ever yield to become the wife of the ——.
    Usage notes
    * Many writers prefer the spelling forgo on the grounds that it avoids ambiguity.


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