Definition of forget
forgotplay \fər-ˈgät, fȯr-\;
forgottenplay \fər-ˈgä-tən, fȯr-\ or
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 imperative <I shouldn't have said that, so just forget it>b : to give up hope for or expectation of —usually used in the imperative <as for prompt service, forget it>
1 : to cease remembering or noticing <forgive and forget>
2 : to fail to become mindful at the proper time <forgot about paying the bill>
: 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.>
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.
Origin and Etymology of forget
Middle English, from Old English forgietan, from for- + -gietan (akin to Old Norse geta to get)
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of forget
FORGET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forget for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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