for·​ev·​er | \ fə-ˈre-vər How to pronounce forever (audio) , fȯ-; Southern often fə-ˈe-və \

Definition of forever

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : for a limitless time wants to live forever
2 : at all times : continually is forever making bad puns



Definition of forever (Entry 2 of 2)

: a seemingly interminable time : excessively long it took her forever to find the answer

Synonyms & Antonyms for forever

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of forever in a Sentence

Adverb She was convinced that she would live forever. I've been waiting forever for the doctor. a dog that was forever chasing cars He's forever asking silly questions. Noun After what seemed like forever, I was able to see the doctor. It took forever to find his keys. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Turns out keeping spirits in a jar led her to a realization: Cheryl and Toni are forever soulmates, and their fate transcends time. Samantha Highfill,, 1 Aug. 2022 Texas carrier Southwest Airlines had a better week for customer relations: It's announced that, from July 28 onward, all its airline vouchers will be valid forever. CNN, 30 July 2022 Or tax cuts for the wealthy, which will forever be in the Republican playbook. John Warner, Chicago Tribune, 30 July 2022 Still, Teen Wolf is forever one of the best basketball movies for introducing crossover dribbles and windmill dunks to werewolf mythology. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 But some parents and mental health professionals, noting that the internet is forever, have demanded the show blur faces. New York Times, 29 July 2022 Marilyn Monroe's makeup will forever be classic, and this red lip kit comes pretty close to her signature pout. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2022 To win a Breakthrough award, a product must be revolutionary and innovative—the kinds of products that’ll change your beauty routine (and maybe even your life) forever. Allure, 27 July 2022 Small says the department is forever grateful for Russell. Christine Pelisek,, 21 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One way to mess with an option team’s Plan A is to not only stick them with third-and-forevers, but to put them in an early hole, making them throw out of desperation. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 14 Sep. 2019 Printed with thermochromic ink, the stamp reveals a second image of the moon when a finger is pressed to it, and a sheet of 16 Forever stamps features a map of the eclipse path. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2017 Forever is gonna start aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas Monday with a concert of lunar proportions. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, 17 Aug. 2017 Forever stamps are always equal to the current First-Class Mail service 1-ounce price. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, 14 July 2017 On July 12, the centenary of the artist’s birth, the postal service will celebrate the first day of 12 commemorative Forever stamps, each depicting a detail from a Wyeth painting. Stephan Salisbury,, 26 June 2017 Try your hand at space exploration (Photo: Provided by US Postal Service) The pane of 16 Forever stamps are available beginning Tuesday at Post Office facilities nationwide and may be pre-ordered for delivery after June 20. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 20 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of forever


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Forever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for forever


for·​ev·​er | \ fə-ˈre-vər How to pronounce forever (audio) \

Kids Definition of forever

1 : for a limitless time Nothing lasts forever.
2 : at all times She is forever bothering the teacher.

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