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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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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Recent Examples on the Web To sustain your business through these challenging times, forget your plans. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Recession-proof your life: Entrepreneurs offer advice on thriving during difficult times," 29 June 2020 And even before their name change, The Chicks have always been politically-conscious — who can forget how they were practically blacklisted from the country music scene after publicly criticising President George W. Bush in 2003? Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Why The Dixie Chicks Finally Dropped The Dixie," 26 June 2020 Who can forget the bizarre and disturbing arrest of Omar Jimenez and a CNN crew while on live television in Minneapolis on May 29? Washington Post, "Are the police trying to stop you from taking that cellphone video? Check your First Amendment rights.," 25 June 2020 And here’s the best part: forget all those hours of laborious churning. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "No ice cream maker required to cool off with these DIY frozen desserts this summer," 24 June 2020 Dad can forget the racket of a compressor, waiting for air pressure to build or fighting with air hoses. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Gift guide: Father’s Day gear for your favorite auto enthusiast," 19 June 2020 And if that isn't enough, forget about the number of people who've been infected. Cnn Staff, CNN, "The First Wave Is Not Over: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 19," 19 June 2020 Yet Mark Schirmer, a spokesman for Cox Automotive, can't forget the chase. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson on release date of Ford Bronco: 'Are you kidding me?'," 18 June 2020 And forget that if and when the season does resume, the Blazers will be outside looking in at the Western Conference playoff chase. oregonlive, "With Zach Collins’ ‘long and boring’ shoulder rehab behind him, Portland Trail Blazers forward excited for NBA restart and ‘championship’ chase," 17 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Forget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forget. Accessed 8 Jul. 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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