forget

verb
for·​get | \ fər-ˈget, fȯr-\
forgot\ fər-​ˈgät , fȯr-​ \; forgotten\ fər-​ˈgä-​tᵊn , 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 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

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

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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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Whereas Abigail's family is nearly forgotten, the Marlboroughs have some very prominent descendants. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Ending of The Favourite: In Real Life, Lady Marlborough Got the Last Laugh," 5 Jan. 2019 There are a lot more deals on the site right now including TV mounts, 3D printers, and monitors, so be sure to check them all out (and don't forget the BFNOW 20-percent off code). Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Black Friday has arrived at Monoprice with 20 percent off nearly everything, even sale items," 22 Oct. 2018 Geospatial data is not the most talked-about aspect of this debate, but as the ODI notes, this information is too important to be forgotten about. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google, Apple, and Uber must share mapping data with rivals, says UK data group," 20 Nov. 2018 And don’t forget eye cream, morning and evening. 3. The Cut, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Serum," 13 July 2018 There are new deals each day, so don't forget to check back. Alex Watt, Redbook, "The Best Days for Holiday Shopping Deals Beyond Black Friday," 3 Dec. 2018 And don’t forget the legendarystreet parties with local culture, food, bikes, bands and music for 10 nights in five different neighborhoods. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to access more at Harley’s 115th party," 12 July 2018 But the same dictatorial force could also be harsh on the students and Matt Beedle, former JIRP Director of Academics and Research, will never forget being a 17-year-old high schooler assigned to radio duty in 1995. Scott Yorko, Popular Mechanics, "Back to Alaska: How a Legendary Glacier Adventure Almost Died When the World Needed It Most," 12 Sep. 2018 Here are a few of the highlights from her cover story — and don't forget to pick up an issue on newsstands September 18! Stacia Affelt, Redbook, "Lauren Conrad Addresses the Biggest Misconception People Have About Her," 12 Sep. 2018

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

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More Definitions for forget

forget

verb

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 \
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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