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

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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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By next week, the details of this latest scandal are likely to be hazy, if not forgotten. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“Congratulations Again, Mr. President”: Trump and the Co-opting of the G.O.P.," 12 July 2019 For most people in the U.S., these are the barest essentials for a night away from home — don’t-leave-the-house-without ‘em, wow-it-would-suck-if-I-forgot-that basics. Kim Kelly, Allure, "Angels With Dirty Faces," 12 July 2019 Efforts to integrate housing in those suburbs were abandoned after backlash in the 1970s—and were essentially forgotten until the Obama administration. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The White Suburbs That Fought Busing Aren’t So White Anymore," 12 July 2019 Head to the lake or a nearby park, put the dog on a leash, grab a hat — and don’t forget the sunscreen. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "'Very nice summer weekend' expected in Detroit, across Michigan," 12 July 2019 More information regarding the Expo can be found on madeinmedinacounty.com/ Check your health: From 1-3 p.m. July 20 Brunswick United Methodist Church will hold its health and wellness fair, so don’t forget to get over there -- 1395 Pearl. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "New resident makes quite an impression: Whit & Whimsey," 12 July 2019 The Houston rapper performed on Jimmy Kimmel this past week and didn’t forget to bring her southern charm to the Kimmel stage. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Misa Hylton Designed A Custom MCM Look For Megan Thee Stallion," 11 July 2019 My main thing with the Lakers is that people are forgetting how amazing Anthony Davis is. SI.com, "Don’t Forget That Anthony Davis Is on the Lakers Too | Open Floor Podcast," 10 July 2019 For those who forgot about Harriet Tubman, don’t worry. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why We Still Don't See Women As Heroes," 8 July 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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