forever

adverb
for·​ev·​er | \ fə-ˈre-vər How to pronounce forever (audio) , fȯ-; Southern often fə-ˈe-və\

Definition of forever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : for a limitless time wants to live forever
2 : at all times : continually is forever making bad puns

forever

noun

Definition of forever (Entry 2 of 2)

: a seemingly interminable time : excessively long it took her forever to find the answer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for forever

Synonyms: Adverb

always, aye (also ay), e'er, eternally, ever, everlastingly, evermore, forevermore, indelibly, permanently, perpetually

Synonyms: Noun

aeon (or eon), age, blue moon, coon's age, cycle, donkey's years [chiefly British], eternity, long, months, moon

Antonyms: Adverb

ne'er, never, nevermore

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Examples of forever in a Sentence

Adverb

She was convinced that she would live forever. I've been waiting forever for the doctor. a dog that was forever chasing cars He's forever asking silly questions.

Noun

After what seemed like forever, I was able to see the doctor. It took forever to find his keys.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Hence the title: a reference to the grade school threat of being forever dogged by one’s mistakes in the age of Big Data. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Edward Snowden’s Novel Makeover," 17 Sep. 2019 Julianne and Walter are now joined together forever. courant.com, "Julianne Jascowski," 17 Sep. 2019 To go back to the beginning is to see him over and over again rambling through the mountains in his fool’s motley that separates him forever from the world of the living. Mark Hutchinson, Harper's magazine, "In the Cards," 16 Sep. 2019 Those in Bruins management point to Brad Marchand as a reason why no player, no matter his pedigree, should be forever pegged as a grinder. BostonGlobe.com, "(Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)," 15 Sep. 2019 Since half of 4 is 2, half of 2 is 1, and 3*1+1 is 4, Collatz Orbits cycle through 4, 2, and 1 forever. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, "Mathematicians Are So Close to Cracking This 82-Year-Old Riddle," 13 Sep. 2019 There are certain kinds of losses that are simply forever. Cheryl Strayed, Glamour, "Wild Author Cheryl Strayed Knows the Secret to Finding Love After Loss," 13 Sep. 2019 What has become the default version, in which hell will endure forever as an abscess of unredeemed evil in a cosmos otherwise perfected and glorified, may be flatter than a close reading of the Greek can support. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "The Eternal Debate over the Nature of Hell," 12 Sep. 2019 Despite what the naysayers say, the Caribbean is a forever vibe. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Let Your Heart Smile In Anguilla," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One way to mess with an option team’s Plan A is to not only stick them with third-and-forevers, but to put them in an early hole, making them throw out of desperation. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs vs. Air Force: Who has the edge, 3 things to watch and predictions," 14 Sep. 2019 Printed with thermochromic ink, the stamp reveals a second image of the moon when a finger is pressed to it, and a sheet of 16 Forever stamps features a map of the eclipse path. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where and how to watch Great American Eclipse in southeastern Wisconsin," 18 Aug. 2017 Forever is gonna start aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas Monday with a concert of lunar proportions. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Bonnie Tyler will sing hit ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ on a cruise ship during eclipse," 17 Aug. 2017 Forever stamps are always equal to the current First-Class Mail service 1-ounce price. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Embrace the dark side: New USPS Forever stamps feature classic Disney villains," 14 July 2017 On July 12, the centenary of the artist’s birth, the postal service will celebrate the first day of 12 commemorative Forever stamps, each depicting a detail from a Wyeth painting. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "U.S. Postal Service honors Andrew Wyeth with commemorative stamps," 26 June 2017 Try your hand at space exploration (Photo: Provided by US Postal Service) The pane of 16 Forever stamps are available beginning Tuesday at Post Office facilities nationwide and may be pre-ordered for delivery after June 20. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "First-of-its-kind #EclipseStamps reveal second image when you touch it," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of forever

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1741, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forever was in the 13th century

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forever

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of forever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: for an endless time : for all time
: for a very long time
: at all times

forever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forever (Entry 2 of 2)

: an extremely long time : a time that seems to last forever

forever

adverb
for·​ev·​er | \ fə-ˈre-vər How to pronounce forever (audio) \

Kids Definition of forever

1 : for a limitless time Nothing lasts forever.
2 : at all times She is forever bothering the teacher.

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