forget

verb
for·​get | \ fər-ˈget How to pronounce forget (audio) , fȯr-\
forgot\ fər-​ˈgät How to pronounce forgot (audio) , fȯr-​ \; forgotten\ fər-​ˈgä-​tᵊn How to pronounce forgotten (audio) , 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

Pack snacks, don’t forget your water and consider stashing a beer or two in the car. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Don’t forget, Hagans arrived late to campus last summer after reclassifying. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK Mailbag: Basketball returner and newcomer to watch, football expectations and more," 13 June 2019 Don’t forget that Hilary won the popular vote in 2016. Thembi Ford, Essence, "Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That: The Liberal Case Against Impeachment," 12 June 2019 This journal — which eventually adopted the tragically ironic title Triumph — is almost entirely forgotten today. Declan Leary, National Review, "Catholics vs. Libertarians in the 1960s," 11 June 2019 Dances make memories these students will never forget and cherish throughout their lives. Ramona Sentinel, "Bullpup Recap: A night to cherish," 5 June 2019 Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth References Her Father, King George VI’s, D-Day Broadcast in a Moving Speech Today," 5 June 2019 Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair, and don’t forget the bug spray. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Naper Nights lineup celebrates Naperville Heritage Society's 50th anniversary," 5 June 2019 The actor who has spent the last decade honing his skills in indie fare with auteurs like Claire Denis and David Cronenberg may have moved past his broody vampire beginnings, but the internet never forgets. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Can Robert Pattinson (or Nicholas Hoult) Save Batman?," 17 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce forget (audio) \
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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