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



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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adverb

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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 Thelma has since found her forever family and left Louise at the Northshore Humane Society waiting for one of her own., "Pet of the week," 28 Nov. 2020 Especially, the first win in what seemed like forever. Frank Bodani, USA TODAY, "Finally, Penn State gets its first win of season with defeat of Michigan," 28 Nov. 2020 The days when San Francisco was squeezed into a tiny area on the shores of Yerba Buena cove were gone forever. Gary Kamiya,, "A private toll road to Mission Dolores in 1851 opened S.F. to development," 27 Nov. 2020 Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. NBC News, "Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?," 27 Nov. 2020 The design is one of many forever stamps that USPS announced last week. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Tlingit artist designs stamp inspired by trickster raven tale for US Postal Service," 26 Nov. 2020 This year has been a challenge for everyone: lives lost, lives disrupted, businesses shut, with some of them gone forever. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "In a Stay-at-Home Pandemic, a Sportswriter Finds a Silver Lining," 26 Nov. 2020 Controversy swirled around the incident and Kennedy’s actions immediately afterward, and the tragedy doomed his presidential ambitions forever. Washington Post, "For Ted Kennedy, dysfunction and heartbreak were a prelude to greatness," 26 Nov. 2020 On the third day, our family became a plus one, with Candace coming here to her forever home. cleveland, "Yorkie Candace was destined for Chagrin Falls family: Send us your pet rescue stories," 26 Nov. 2020 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,, "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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“Forever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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 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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