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 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 And then, two minutes into her performance, catastrophe: Smith forgot the lyrics. Jake Cline, Washington Post, "Patti Smith looks back at a heartbreaking year," 17 Sep. 2019 But that's all but forgotten in now in Charlottesville, where Bennett and his team are prepping to defend their title. Doug Criss, CNN, "Virginia's basketball coach was offered a big raise after winning the championship. He turned it down so others could get the money," 17 Sep. 2019 In 1947 Lazowski made his way to America to pursue a life dedicated to faith and to ensuring the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 That alleged scandal, since forgotten, was the unsurprising revelation that the FBI deployed an undercover informant in its investigation of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians during the 2016 campaign. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 Although Hurricane Harvey is two years in the rearview, the severity of that storm isn’t one that Houstonians will soon forget. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "Relocation spotlight on Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living," 16 Sep. 2019 Outstanding Drama Series Don’t forget: Game of Thrones took this title for seasons 5, 6, and 7. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Emmys 2019: Who will and should win," 13 Sep. 2019 Darrow became fabulously wealthy, while Magie, who sold her patent to Parker Brothers for a mere $500, was largely forgotten. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A New Monopoly Celebrates Women. But What About the Game’s Own Overlooked Inventor?," 12 Sep. 2019 That was America’s job: a reality rooted in a post-war order whose emergence began with the Normandy landings that Ms Malmstrom fears Mr Trump is forgetting. The Economist, "Why Europe should take the lead on trade," 12 Sep. 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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21 Oct 2019

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The first known use of forget was before the 12th century

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forget

verb
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)

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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