- The definition of forgive is to let go of anger, blame or resentment towards someone and return to friendly relations.
When you are angry at someone for lying and he apologizes and you let it go and decide not to be angry any more, this is an example of a situation where you forgive.
- to give up resentment against or the desire to punish; stop being angry with; pardon
- to give up all claim to punish or exact penalty for (an offense); overlook
- to cancel or remit (a debt)
Origin: Middle English forgeven ; from Old English forgiefan, forgifan (akin to German vergeben): see for- and amp; give
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verb for·gave , for·giv·en , for·giv·ing, for·gives verb, transitive
- To excuse for a fault or an offense; pardon.
- To renounce anger or resentment against.
- To absolve from payment of (a debt, for example).
Origin: Middle English forgiven, from Old English forgiefan; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
- for·givˈa·ble adjective
- for·givˈa·bly adverb
- for·givˈer noun