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1 to be unable to recall or think of
  • I forget exactly on which street that the house is

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2 to fail to give proper attention to
  • she promised not to forget her high school friends after she went off to college

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3 to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness
  • he forgot the pot boiling on the stove

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4 to miss the opportunity or obligation
  • I forgot to call on his birthday

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Frequently Asked Questions About forget

How is the word forget distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of forget are disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook, and slight. While all these words mean "to pass over without giving due attention," forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind.

forget what others say

When can disregard be used instead of forget?

While in some cases nearly identical to forget, disregard suggests voluntary inattention.

disregarded the wishes of his family

When could ignore be used to replace forget?

The words ignore and forget can be used in similar contexts, but ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious.

ignored the snide remark

When might neglect be a better fit than forget?

In some situations, the words neglect and forget are roughly equivalent. However, neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention.

habitually neglected his studies

When would overlook be a good substitute for forget?

Although the words overlook and forget have much in common, overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care.

in my rush I overlooked a key example

Where would slight be a reasonable alternative to forget?

The synonyms slight and forget are sometimes interchangeable, but slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting.

slighted several major authors in her survey

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

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“Forget.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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