- 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.
transitive verbforgave, forgiven, forgiving
- 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 of forgiveMiddle English forgeven ; from Old English forgiefan, forgifan (akin to German vergeben): see for- and amp; give
verbfor·gave , for·giv·en , for·giv·ing, for·gives
- To give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an offense or fault; pardon.
- To relent in being angry or in wishing to exact punishment for (an offense or fault).
- To absolve from payment of (a debt, for example).
Origin of forgiveMiddle English forgiven, from Old English forgiefan; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present forgives, present participle forgiving, simple past forgave, past participle forgiven)