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 the mid-1960s, Jerry Merryman and two colleagues at Texas Instruments Inc. were given a project that would forever change math homework. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Jerry Merryman Helped Design First Hand-held Calculator in Mid-1960s," 7 Mar. 2019 Instead of carrying grudges around forever, torch them. Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Woman's Day, "How to Rekindle a Marriage, According to Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 That is, until Shelly falls in love with Lee’s older brother, and their friendship is forever changed. Alexis Jones And Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, "21 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine's Day," 13 Feb. 2019 Portugal, the reigning European champion, will soon have to find a way to win without Cristiano Ronaldo, who although still remarkably potent at age 33, can't carry his country forever. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "With World Cup title, France could launch a dynasty," 10 July 2018 Every team is undefeated and will be forever and ever. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Can UW Huskies secure the best class of the Chris Petersen era (and beyond) on national signing day?," 6 Feb. 2019 Diamonds are forever and so now, apparently, are Chinese bank bonds. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "These Chinese Bonds Won’t Hold Their Sparkle Forever," 28 Jan. 2019 With love always and forever, Mom, Ryan, Joe, Reilly, Jack, Cooper, and all of your very dear friends and family. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "MICHAEL JOSEPH KEENAN," 14 July 2018 The trend may not last forever and ever, amen, but traditional country music is on the rebound. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Country's Roots Are Showing as New Releases Embrace Old-School Sounds," 11 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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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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