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 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)