For the verb: "to forgive"
|Simple Past: ||forgave|
|Past Participle: ||forgiven|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
for•give /fɚˈgɪv/USA pronunciation
v., -gave/-ˈgeɪv/USA pronunciation -giv•en, -giv•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [usually not: be + ~-ing]
for•give•ness, n. [uncountable]
- to grant pardon for (an offense);
absolve: [~ + object]to forgive a sin.[no object]Forgive and go forward.
- to grant pardon to (a person): [~ + object]forgave him and told him to repent.[~ + object + object]forgave him his sins.
- to cease to feel resentment against[~ + object]to forgive one's enemies.
- to cancel or remit (a debt, obligation, etc.)[~ + object]to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
(fər giv′), v., -gave, -giv•en, -giv•ing.
- to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.);
- to give up all claim on account of;
remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
- to grant pardon to (a person).
- to cease to feel resentment against:to forgive one's enemies.
- to cancel an indebtedness or liability of:to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
- to pardon an offense or an offender.
1 . See excuse. 3 . absolve, acquit.
for- + give;
replacing Middle English foryiven, Old English forgiefan
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
forgive /fəˈɡɪv/ vb ( -gives, -giving, -gave, -given)
Etymology: Old English forgiefan; see for-, giveforˈgivable adj forˈgiver n
- to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
- to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
- (transitive) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
- (transitive) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
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