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

In Einstein’s view, Mercury might look like a marble forever circling the bottom of a drain. NBC News, "Einstein showed Newton was wrong about gravity. Now scientists are coming for Einstein.," 3 Aug. 2019 Digital storyteller and millennial mom Ny (@myepiphany) loves finding new global adventures to enjoy with her forever sidekick, 4-year-old Nolyn (who has his own IG page by the way, @nolyntheexplorer). Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "This Mother-Son Duo's Global Adventures Are The Perfect Feel Good Moment We All Need," 2 Aug. 2019 So in honor of San Diego’s 250th, here’s to the landmarks that marked us — forever and for better. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: In honor of San Diego’s 250th, what’s your favorite local landmark?," 2 Aug. 2019 No party should expect to benefit forever from a system that perpetuates inequality and inaccuracy. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "The Case Against the Electoral College Is Stronger Than Ever," 2 Aug. 2019 Mustache pup and co will be looking for foster and forever homes in the Big Apple the last week of August. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Homeless puppy with handlebar mustache brings surge of applications to Texas-based shelter," 1 Aug. 2019 The big question is whether Singaporeans accept that the PAP cannot preside over breakneck growth forever. The Economist, "Even Singapore’s ruling party struggles to plan for everything," 1 Aug. 2019 Booker has been on the cusp of becoming a national figure for what feels like forever. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Cory Booker Tests the Power of His Best Performance at the Democratic Debate," 1 Aug. 2019 Teams that spend forever holding on to prospects generally end up bragging about their prospects, not their success. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The Trevor Bauer trade puts the Reds in go-for-it mode in 2020," 31 July 2019

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

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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 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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