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 imperativeI shouldn't have said that, so just forget it
b : to give up hope for or expectation of usually used in the imperativeas 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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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 Don’t forget to answer in the form of a question, folks. Ben Flanagan |, al, "‘Jeopardy’ contestants draw a blank on Auburn football," 25 Sep. 2020 Don’t forget to follow along on Twitter at @MarkOlalde. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: California moves to ban gas-powered cars. And, vote for fat bears," 25 Sep. 2020 Don’t forget, as a bonus, that the Nets not too long ago held a Juventus Night to cross-promote the two teams and also share a black-and-white color scheme with Juventus. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Sabrina Ionescu Opens Up About Kobe Bryant and Rookie Year Woes," 23 Sep. 2020 Don't forget to order a matching set or two of Wayfair's various coasters to protect your new investment. NBC News, "Wayfair is offering up to 80 percent off during Way Day 2020," 23 Sep. 2020 Don't forget to check out's Thanksgiving 2020 guide. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "7 Fast Food Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day This Year," 23 Sep. 2020 The call was supposed to come in at three in the afternoon, but by 9 P.M. nothing had come through except Livvy’s texts: Don’t forget about the lights! Lorrie Moore, The New Yorker, "Face Time," 21 Sep. 2020 As host Jimmy Kimmel guides us through the night live from the Staples Center, don't forget to check back here to see our favorite beauty moments of the night. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Our Favorite Hair and Makeup Looks at the 2020 Emmy Awards," 21 Sep. 2020 Don't forget: retail stores are operating at limited capacity in Houston, so avoid the lines and order online with free shipping or store pickup. Micolette Davis, Houston Chronicle, "These Polo by Ralph Lauren shirts are under $30 this weekend at Macys," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

28 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce forget (audio)

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)


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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