forget[fər get′, fôr-]
- The definition of forget is to not remember, or to lose information from the mind.
- An example of forget is to leave your jacket at a friend’s house.
- An example of forget is to be unable to remember your first kiss.
- To forget is defined as to let a memory or a feeling go away.
An example of forget is to stop holding a grudge against a brother.
transitive verbforgot, forgotten or forgot, forgetting
- to lose (facts, knowledge, etc.) from the mind; fail to recall; be unable to remember
- to fail to do, bring, etc. as because of carelessness; overlook, omit, or neglect unintentionally: don't forget to write
- to overlook, omit, or neglect intentionally: let's forget our differences
Origin of forgetMiddle English forgeten ; from Old English forgietan (see for- and amp; get): origin, originally sense, to fail to hold
- to think only of others; be altruistic or unselfish
- to behave in an improper or unseemly manner
verbfor·got , for·got·ten or for·got, for·get·ting, for·gets
- To be unable to remember (something).
- To treat with thoughtless inattention; neglect: forget one's family.
- To leave behind unintentionally.
- To fail to mention.
- a. To banish from one's thoughts: forget a disgrace.b. Informal To disregard on purpose. Usually used in the imperative: Oh, forget it. I refuse to go!
- To cease remembering: Let's forgive and forget.
- To fail or neglect to become aware at the proper or specified moment: forgot about my dental appointment.
Origin of forgetMiddle English forgeten, from Old English forgietan; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present forgets, present participle forgetting, simple past forgot or (archaic) forgat, past participle forgotten or (rarely) forgot)
- To lose remembrance of.
- I have forgotten most of the things I learned in school.
- To unintentionally not do, neglect.
- I forgot to buy flowers for my wife at our 14th wedding anniversary.
- (intransitive) To cease remembering.
- Let's just forget about it.
- (slang) euphemism for fuck, screw (a mild oath).
- Forget you!
- In sense 1 and 3 this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
- In sense 2 this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
From Middle English forgeten, forgiten, forȝeten, forȝiten, from Old English forġietan (“to forget”), from Proto-Germanic *fragetaną (“to give up, forget”), equivalent to for- + get. Cognate with Scots forget, forȝet (“to forget”), West Frisian ferjitte, forjitte (“to forget”), Dutch vergeten (“to forget”), German vergessen (“to forget”), Swedish förgäta (“to forget”).