Definition of forgive
forgaveplay \fər-ˈgāv, fȯr-\;
forgivenplay \fər-ˈgi-vən, fȯr-\;
1a : to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for forgive an insultb : to grant relief from payment of forgive a debt
2 : to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) : pardon forgive one's enemies
: to grant forgiveness had to learn to forgive and forget
forgivableplay \fər-ˈgi-və-bəl, fȯr-\ adjective
forgivablyplay \fər-ˈgi-və-blē, fȯr-\ adverb
Examples of forgive in a Sentence
Can you ever forgive me for being so selfish?
I've never forgiven myself for the way I treated her.
We must ask God to forgive us for our sins.
When he feels he's been insulted, he finds it hard to forgive and forget.
He finds it hard to forgive an insult.
We must ask God to forgive our sins.
The government has agreed to forgive some of the debt.
Recent Examples of forgive from the Web
Forgive Thompson for cutting back from 26.2 miles to 13.1.
With increasing profits over the past few quarters, there is some concern that the market might not be as forgiving should those returns fail to continue.
Kate Paulus could have been forgiven for being a little rusty after having not played a competitive tennis match since October due to a torn shoulder labrum.
And lastly, to be able to forgive even your worst enemy.
Manchester bomber said to have told mother 'Forgive me' before blast There is no right way to react to terror.
All chilliness was forgiven, however, upon first sip.
Other than that, you'd be forgiven for confusing the two at a glance.
You could be forgiven for not noticing that a song from 1927 is out of place in 1912, but this is a more overt indication that something is not quite right.
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Origin and Etymology of forgive
Middle English, from Old English forgifan, from for- + gifan to give
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of forgive
FORGIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forgive for English Language Learners
: to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone)
: to stop feeling anger about (something) : to forgive someone for (something wrong)
: to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed)
FORGIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of forgive for Students
: to stop feeling angry at or hurt by Please forgive me—I didn't mean it.
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