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

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

Clearly, the King of Clay hasn't forgotten how to play on grass. Mattias Karen,, "Rafael Nadal finally back in Wimbledon quarterfinals after 7 years," 9 July 2018 Most have forgotten there were Quixotic campaigns for Speaker that fall by Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Ousted Rep. Joe Crowley the latest lawmaker 'supposed to be' House Speaker," 1 July 2018 Kyrie Irving hasn't forgotten how amazing LeBron James is. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Kyrie Irving: James Harden was 'people's MVP' but LeBron James was 'NBA MVP'," 27 June 2018 But while Rousteing and his Balmain army are some of fashion industry’s favorite people to celebrate, the same industry has largely forgotten Boateng., "Before Virgil Abloh, There Was Ozwald Boateng," 21 June 2018 With little time to buy, forget about historical price-checking in the moment. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon Prime Day 2018: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza," 2 July 2018 Pleasantville is one of those long-forgotten, never-heard-of-it little towns that dot the map all over Indiana. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "An Indiana gym gem: Restoration of Pleasantville gym a pleasant surprise," 12 July 2018 The New York Times’s Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman reported that Giuliani is setting new terms for the interview: Mueller must show evidence that Donald Trump committed a crime and that an interview is necessary, or forget it. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Giuliani: Mueller can interview Trump if he can prove the president committed a crime," 7 July 2018 These spots will fill up faster than forget-me-nots spread. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Plants starting to look a little crowded? Here’s how to thin them out," 28 June 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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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)


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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