forget

verb
for·​get | \fər-ˈget, fȯr-\
forgot\ fər-​ˈgät , fȯr-​ \; forgotten\ fər-​ˈgä-​tᵊn , fȯr-​ \ or forgot; forgetting

Definition of forget 

transitive verb

1a : to lose the remembrance of : be unable to think of or recall I forget his name

b obsolete : to cease from doing

2 : to treat with inattention or disregard forgot their old friends He's now a forgotten hero.

3a : to disregard intentionally : overlook usually used in the imperative I shouldn't have said that, so just forget it

b : to give up hope for or expectation of usually used in the imperative as for prompt service, forget it

intransitive verb

1 : to cease remembering or noticing forgive and forget

2 : to fail to become mindful at the proper time forgot about paying the bill

forget oneself

: to lose one's dignity, temper, or self-control She forgot herself because of the liquor she had drunk. So infuriated him that he forgot himself and had a tantrum.

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Other Words from forget

forgetter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for forget

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention. habitually neglected his studies disregard suggests voluntary inattention. disregarded the wishes of his family ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious. ignored the snide remark overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care. in my rush I overlooked a key example slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting. slighted several major authors in her survey forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind. forget what others say

Examples of forget in a Sentence

I keep forgetting her name. The pain and misery are impossible to forget. She forgot how to set up the tent. I'll never forget the first time we met. Don't forget that you have to turn off the light when you leave. “Did you pay the bill?” “I forgot.” He's now a forgotten hero. He's a forgotten man in the world of politics. If you're hoping to hear from him soon, forget it, it's not going to happen. Forget about finding a way to escape—there's no way out of here.
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Recent Examples on the Web

But voters are unlikely to forget Mr Sharif’s decision to sacrifice personal comfort. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 Meanwhile, locals all too often stay in our neighborhood bubbles and forget there's a whole city worth exploring. Cara Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Ignore calories and BMI. Here are the health numbers that really matter.," 9 July 2018 Not long before his NASCAR debut, Rhodes forgot to turn in notes near the end of the semester. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Victory at Kentucky Speedway would be 'biggest win ever' for Ben Rhodes," 9 July 2018 Fabian never forgot Shatz and never stopped trying to find him, though. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "They survived the Holocaust, and then he rescued her from communism. Sixty-five years later, they’ve reunited.," 9 July 2018 Who could forget the image of a young Bieber holding up his signature heart sign over his chest? Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin: An Engagement Playlist of Bieber's Best Love Songs," 9 July 2018 Mom’s boyfriend forgot him, Ohio cops say Infant was found in minivan on 90-degree day. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Kids sat in car in 90-degree heat — while their mothers were shoplifting, New Jersey police say," 5 July 2018 If by then Russia’s last tsar felt abandoned and forgotten, then the family must have sensed it too and shared in his despair. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Romanov Family's Final Days," 1 July 2018 Clearly, the King of Clay hasn't forgotten how to play on grass. Mattias Karen, chicagotribune.com, "Rafael Nadal finally back in Wimbledon quarterfinals after 7 years," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of forget

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for forget

Middle English, from Old English forgietan, from for- + -gietan (akin to Old Norse geta to get)

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The first known use of forget was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for forget

forget

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forget

: to be unable to think of or remember (something)

: to fail to remember to bring or take (something)

: to stop thinking or caring about (someone)

forget

verb
for·​get | \fər-ˈget \
forgot\ -​ˈgät \; forgotten\ -​ˈgä-​tᵊn \ or forgot; forgetting

Kids Definition of forget

1 : to be unable to think of or remember I forgot your name.

2 : to fail by accident to do (something) : overlook I forgot to pay the bill.

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