forever

adverb
for·​ev·​er | \fə-ˈre-vər, 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

The lessons that helped us survive in the Tohono for thousands of years are in danger of being forgotten forever. Damien Carlos, Teen Vogue, "Discovering My Tohono O'odham Culture Saved My Life — So I'm Helping Other Youth Do The Same," 7 Dec. 2018 Security questions—the annoying shared secrets used as a secondary form of authentication—have been around forever and are used by just about everyone to deal with users who forget their password. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Why, in 2018, is Microsoft adding security questions to Windows 10?," 5 Dec. 2018 Here, shop our 25 favorite sneakers of the moment to buy now, wear forever. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "From Classic Vans to Balenciagas, the Best Sneakers for Every Type of Sneakerhead," 12 Oct. 2018 Tyler Joe Also, Caitriona Balfe told me she liked my dress so...going to wear it forever! Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: Veronica Beard's 'Sierra' Dress," 25 July 2018 Try to let go of food rules (preferably forever but at the very least just for this season). Abby Langer, SELF, "How to Deal With the Holidays When You’re Anxious About Food," 20 Nov. 2018 You’re forever reminded that there should have been more. Melissa Blake, Glamour, "To Cope with My Father's Suicide, I Had to Learn to Love My Grief," 17 Nov. 2018 Between the cozy weather, the abundance of family gatherings, and the season’s festive spirit, the holidays have become a convenient time to pledge forever love. Vogue, "Get Ahead of the Registry: 20 Gift Ideas for Your Newly Engaged Friend," 16 Nov. 2018 In six weeks, Aloft Orlando Downtown has found forever homes for Dante, Lily, Lucky, Bruno, Roxy, Lil’ Bit — and a half-dozen other formerly homeless dogs from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando hotel's dog-adoption program off to "awesome" start," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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More Definitions for forever

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 \

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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