verb for·give \fər-ˈgiv, fr-\

: to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone)

: to stop feeling anger about (something) : to forgive someone for (something wrong)

: to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed)


Full Definition of FORGIVE

transitive verb
a :  to give up resentment of or claim to requital for <forgive an insult>
b :  to grant relief from payment of <forgive a debt>
:  to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) :  pardon <forgive one's enemies>
intransitive verb
:  to grant forgiveness
for·giv·able \-ˈgi-və-bəl\ adjective
for·giv·ably \-blē\ adverb
for·giv·er noun

Examples of FORGIVE

  1. Can you ever forgive me for being so selfish?
  2. I've never forgiven myself for the way I treated her.
  3. We must ask God to forgive us for our sins.
  4. When he feels he's been insulted, he finds it hard to forgive and forget.
  5. He finds it hard to forgive an insult.
  6. We must ask God to forgive our sins.
  7. The government has agreed to forgive some of the debt.

Origin of FORGIVE

Middle English, from Old English forgifan, from for- + gifan to give
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with FORGIVE


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