Definition of forgive
- forgive one's enemies
- forgive an insult
- forgive a debt
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.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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)
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