forget

verb
for·​get | \ fər-ˈget How to pronounce forget (audio) , fȯr- \
forgot\ fər-​ˈgät How to pronounce forgot (audio) , fȯr-​ \; forgotten\ fər-​ˈgä-​tᵊn How to pronounce forgotten (audio) , fȯr-​ \ or forgot; forgetting

Definition of forget

transitive verb

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 imperativeI shouldn't have said that, so just forget it
b : to give up hope for or expectation of usually used in the imperativeas for prompt service, forget it

intransitive verb

1 : to cease remembering or noticing forgive and forget
2 : to fail to become mindful at the proper time forgot about paying the bill
forget oneself
: 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.

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Other Words from forget

forgetter noun

Choose the Right Synonym for forget

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention. habitually neglected his studies disregard suggests voluntary inattention. disregarded the wishes of his family ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious. ignored the snide remark overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care. in my rush I overlooked a key example slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting. slighted several major authors in her survey forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind. forget what others say

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The local girl made good, but didn’t forget her hometown. Washington Post, "The western Virginia town that raised a forward-thinking first lady," 10 Jan. 2020 He's become a truly unique player — and a vital, yet oft-forgotten, part of Baltimore's success in 2019. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Ravens have rare talent in Patrick Ricard, the NFL's only true two-way player," 10 Jan. 2020 Burnouts to forget getting knock out of the playoff race? Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Carson Wentz Selling His Crazy Custom Dodge Challenger SRT Demon," 10 Jan. 2020 Pack accordingly for the season, but don’t forget your favorite ash busters such as Jergens Original Scent Dry Skin Lotion with Cherry Almond Essence, and Ren AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum for extra hydration. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Must-Have Beauty Products For These Must-Visit Travel Destinations," 7 Jan. 2020 That being said, manage your expectations and don’t forget to just enjoy being there. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "7 Step Plan For A DIY Alaska Hunt," 6 Jan. 2020 They were left bereft and devastated, not forgetting bewildered that their country would treat them this way. Naresh Fernandes, Quartz India, "India risks repeating the shameful 1960s internment of its Chinese community," 6 Jan. 2020 Place a bet at BetMGM; don’t forget to check out their special college football playoff prop bet, where a $1 bet wins $200 (in free bets) if any college playoff team scores a touchdown Saturday, December 28th, 2019. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "When is the LSU vs. Oklahoma game? Peach Bowl time, viewing options and betting lines," 28 Dec. 2019 Read below to find out how these eclipses will impact you, and do not forget to read for your Sun sign and Ascendant. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Embrace the Magic of the Upcoming Solar and Lunar Eclipses," 24 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'forget.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of forget

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for forget

Middle English, from Old English forgietan, from for- + -gietan (akin to Old Norse geta to get)

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Time Traveler for forget

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The first known use of forget was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forget.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forgot. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for forget

forget

verb
How to pronounce forget (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of forget

: 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

verb
for·​get | \ fər-ˈget How to pronounce forget (audio) \
forgot\ -​ˈgät \; forgotten\ -​ˈgä-​tᵊn \ or forgot; forgetting

Kids Definition of forget

1 : to be unable to think of or remember I forgot your name.
2 : to fail by accident to do (something) : overlook I forgot to pay the bill.

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