forget

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

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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 And don’t forget about the Jim Brown statue, with an NFL Draft banner in the background. Marc Bona, cleveland, "NFL Draft Day 2: 7 things to know - entertainment, food, parking, more," 30 Apr. 2021 Also, don’t forget that The Hunt for Red October is surprisingly quotable. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Tom Clancy Movies, Ranked," 30 Apr. 2021 First, try going back to your original provider — just don’t forget to take the vaccine card you were given after your first dose. New York Times, "Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Second Covid Shot," 29 Apr. 2021 In conclusion, don’t forget about screens when designing a room. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Decorative Screens Are the Unsung Heroes of Interior Design," 28 Apr. 2021 In all of that, though, don’t forget that Boston gave away one of the best shooters in the league on draft night. Sean Deveney, Forbes, "In A Season Of Insults, Losing Top Shooter Ranks High For Boston Celtics," 28 Apr. 2021 This makes an excellent Bramble, just don’t forget to bump up the simple syrup to 0.75 oz. to compensate for the absence of the liqueur’s sweetness. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make a Bramble, a Gin Drink Invented by a Pioneer of the Cocktail Renaissance," 22 Apr. 2021 While having her around all season would have been better, the final season doesn't forget the bond between Liza and her former boss. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Can You Even Call It The Final Season Of Younger Without Diana Trout?," 19 Apr. 2021 Well, don't forget, Wallace started as a Democrat there. NBC News, "Meet the Press - April 18, 2021," 18 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Forget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forget. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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