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



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), consistently, constantly, continually, ever, incessantly, invariably, night and day, perpetually, unfailingly

Synonyms: Noun

aeon (or eon), age, blue moon, cycle, eternity, long, months, moon

Antonyms: Adverb

ne'er, never

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Examples of forever in a Sentence


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.


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

Unfortunately, youthful, healthy tissues aren’t maintained forever. James Degregori, STAT, "Using the principles of evolution to treat and prevent cancer," 27 June 2018 The theorists and the warriors vanished forever, save one—Arty. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018 In the film, the contract is a one-off sale, meaning all rights go to the studio forever. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 There is a popular children’s song on YouTube that promises children their mommy is not gone forever. Bea Lewis,, "Understanding their cries | Opinion," 5 July 2018 Brands have been using story telling to sell shoes forever. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "With adidas James Harden has plenty of room to create," 4 July 2018 A few years ago, on a sunny Los Angeles morning, my life changed forever—or at least, my familiar morning routine did. Ryan Smith, Bon Appetit, "I Love Soy Milk, and No, I Don't Want to Try That Other Milk Instead," 26 June 2018 But parties aren’t forever and, eventually, the good times ended. Ryan Kost,, "Ryan Kost’s off-the-radar picks, week of June 10," 14 June 2018 The trophy goes in the trophy case, the picture goes on the wall forever. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Andrew's Loren Zolk is the 2018 Daily Southtown Girls Soccer Coach of the Year," 13 June 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,, "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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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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



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

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


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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