Definition of forget
forgotplay \fər-ˈgät, fȯr-\;
forgottenplay \fər-ˈgä-tən, fȯr-\ or
1a : to lose the remembrance of : be unable to think of or recall I forget his nameb 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 itb : to give up hope for or expectation of —usually used in the imperative as for prompt service, forget it
1 : to cease remembering or noticing forgive and forget
2 : to fail to become mindful at the proper time forgot about paying the bill
: 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.
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.
Recent Examples of forget from the Web
Don’t forget to attach its heavy-duty steel cable to something solid; otherwise, thieves could run off with it.
Who can forget his first comment when John Spanos introduced him to the Los Angeles media?
They were forgotten, left behind, mocked as deplorable.
Forget espadrilles or T-shirts; the Dolce & Gabbana floral coat cost an unapologetic $51,500.
Read more here, as Ben describes the innovations that foreshadow the end of forgetting.
Forgetting to disclose your meetings with the Russians.
And don’t forget exercise, at least 30 minutes a day, Kim said.
Crown Point, Lake Central advance in softball: Alexis Holloway and Crown Point aren't rooted in the past, but the senior pitcher and the Bulldogs haven't forgotten it either.
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Origin and Etymology of forget
Middle English, from Old English forgietan, from for- + -gietan (akin to Old Norse geta to get)
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of forget
FORGET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forget for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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