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.
Origin and Etymology of forgive
Middle English, from Old English forgifan, from for- + gifan to give
First Known Use: before 12th century
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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