Forgive meaning

fər-gĭv, fôr-
To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment.

Only the brave know how to forgive...A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. - Laurence Sterne.

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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.

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To give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an offense or fault; pardon.
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To relent in being angry or in wishing to exact punishment for (an offense or fault).
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To absolve from payment of (a debt, for example).
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To give up resentment against or the desire to punish; stop being angry with; pardon.
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To show forgiveness; be inclined to forgive.
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(intransitive) To accord forgiveness.
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To grant forgiveness.
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To give up all claim to punish or exact penalty for (an offense); overlook.
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To cancel or remit (a debt)
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Origin of forgive

  • Middle English forgiven from Old English forgiefan ghabh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English forgiven (“to forgive”), from Old English forġiefan (“to forgive, give up, provide”), corresponding to for- +‎ give. Cognate with Dutch vergeven, German vergeben.

    From Wiktionary