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

These days, most holiday mini lights aren’t meant to last forever. Country Living, "Here's Exactly How to Fix Christmas Lights," 13 Sep. 2019 The age of Saturn’s rings has been hotly debated in recent years, and scientists say the rings won't last forever—maybe a few hundred million years at the most. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn Is Still Stunning," 12 Sep. 2019 But within the next few weeks, this precious historic site could disappear forever, submerged under water as part of a controversial dam project. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Turkey Is Moving Forward With Plans to Flood a 10,000-Year-Old City," 12 Sep. 2019 From the two passengers who engaged in a romance to a friendship formed between two mothers whose children worked as first responders during the tragedy, Gander fostered relationships that will last forever. Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio, orlandosentinel.com, "Sept. 11 documentary ‘You Are Here’ tells story of ‘a bright light in the dark’," 11 Sep. 2019 But the patient couldn’t stay hooked up to the lung machine forever. oregonlive, "Exclusive: Lung doctors tell why and how Oregon vaping victim died," 11 Sep. 2019 Not anymore — Cleveland has AFC North championship aspirations, and can’t be ignored for the first time in what feels like forever. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Stoetzer: This season, the Ravens will finish ...," 7 Sep. 2019 Can the Beckhams please dress in matching looks forever? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Beckhams Match in Suits on the Red Carpet," 3 Sep. 2019 The Galaxy Home was supposed to be Samsung's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home—a smart speaker with a voice assistant inside, but the development is taking forever. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s Bixby speaker, announced one year ago today, still hasn’t launched," 9 Aug. 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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