forever

1 of 3

adverb

for·​ev·​er fə-ˈre-vər How to pronounce forever (audio)
fȯ-;
 Southern often  fə-ˈe-və
1
: for a limitless time
wants to live forever
2
: at all times : continually
is forever making bad puns

forever

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noun

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

forever

3 of 3

adjective

: not temporary or changing : permanent
"Any mandate we're looking at would be temporary, this is not a forever thing," BART District 8 Director Janice Li told SFGATE.Eric Ting
especially : of, relating to, or being a lifelong relationship
The song fantasizes of a forever romance … Ryan Dombal
Jim, who works for a federal agency, had a couple of post-divorce relationships that fizzled out and is ready to meet his forever person. Maybe even get remarried. Tanya Ballard Brown
The baby who started life in the NICU now has a forever family. Together, they're sharing the joys of the holiday season and encouraging others to consider fostering or adopting. Joey Safchik
This British reality show … centers on the caring staff at a rural animal rescue center, as they try to find forever homes [=permanent adoptive homes] for the dogs that have come into their care. latimes.com

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
More often than not, though, shows that take forever to get to the point don’t stick around for very long. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 The song peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and put a dent in Meek’s resume forever. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 Experts seem to agree that safe VTOLs with FAA approval could change travel forever. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 How much of that strategy was a result of Peltz’s proxy war will forever be unclear. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 But the Aramco cash machine is by no means guaranteed to last forever. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 Diamonds are forever, of course, and jewelry is handed down through the generations just as watches are. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2024 But the loss of Demi has forever changed her family. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 And making a disposable product out of a forever piece of waste is kind of insane. Abc News, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2024
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, Philly.com, 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
Adjective
This week saw several local chickens paired with their forever homes. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 17 Feb. 2024 The British heritage brand promises to treasure its forever trenches, with special cleaning and reproofing treatments and replacement part solutions. Kerry McDermott, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2023 And American leadership means ending the forever war in Afghanistan, Mr. Biden said, to applause. Grace Segers, CBS News, 29 Apr. 2021 The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2022 Jim, who works for a federal agency, had a couple of post-divorce relationships that fizzled out and is ready to meet his forever person. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 While many are currently in placements and have plans in place, hundreds are still awaiting the chance at their forever homes. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Nov. 2020 There are two sloth pups at the San Antonio Zoo waiting to be given their forever names. Gabriella Ybarra, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2023 Remembering and honoring our forever hero, Police Officer Christopher Fitzgerald. CBS News, 19 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1741, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forever was in the 13th century

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“Forever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forever. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

forever

adverb
for·​ev·​er
fə-ˈrev-ər,
fȯ-
1
: for a limitless time : everlastingly
wants to live forever
2
: always sense 1, constantly
a dog that was forever chasing cars

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