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.

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web But heritage comprises the horrible parts of history, too, the ones many would prefer to forget, or over which societies continue to come into conflict. Annalisa Bolin, Longreads, 28 July 2022 Over this hypnotic and bouncy beat by Kal Banx, Maxo reminds people not to forget that Benny the Butcher has ties to Atlanta. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 27 July 2022 Tony Finau had a day to remember while Scott Piercy had a round to forget. USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 While incarcerated, food was a way to forget prison. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 Consider, for a moment, the electrical wire, a pervasive technology that’s extremely easy to forget. Wired, 15 July 2022 That pile of old clay bricks left over from a renovation project ... forget it. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 July 2022 People seem to forget that everybody that’s harmed has a family, has close people that are revictimized. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 July 2022 And yet balanced against it is the need to not let the world forget, to not let what happened pass. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 See More

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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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“Forget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forget. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for forget

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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