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
After much fingering-pointing among the ambulance service, hospital and insurance company, the bill was written off and the debt forgiven.
Apparently there were those in France unwilling to forgive the director, who was severely wounded fighting for France in World War I, for decamping to Hollywood during World War II and taking out dual French-US citizenship.
Shoulder stability is created when all the stabilizer muscles that surround the joint are strong and—forgive the pun—pulling their own weight.
But all is forgiven when, in the seventh inning, O’Dell is summoned from the bullpen to protect a 4-3 American League lead.
Knowing that someone is on your side — really, truly on your side — and sees you clearly, and forgives you every day for your shortcomings and your bad moments and your … well, your multitudes?
Like thousands of others who studied at failed for-profit colleges, she was promised by the U.S. Education Department under President Barack Obama that her federal loans would be forgiven by now.
In the finale, the result of the hacking is disastrous, then forgiving, then disastrous again.
So the first eligible borrowers should be seeing the remaining balance on their student loans forgiven beginning in October.
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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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