forgive

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 /fəˈgɪv/


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. 

v. [usually not: be + ~-ing]
  1. to grant pardon for (an offense);
    absolve: [+ object]to forgive a sin.[no object]Forgive and go forward.
  2. to grant pardon to (a person): [+ object]forgave him and told him to repent.[+ object + object]forgave him his sins.
  3. to cease to feel resentment against[+ object]to forgive one's enemies.
  4. to cancel or remit (a debt, obligation, etc.)[+ object]to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
for•give•ness, n. [uncountable]
See excuse.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
for•give  (fər giv), 
v., -gave, -giv•en, -giv•ing. 

v.t. 
  1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.);
    absolve.
  2. to give up all claim on account of;
    remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
  3. to grant pardon to (a person).
  4. to cease to feel resentment against:to forgive one's enemies.
  5. to cancel an indebtedness or liability of:to forgive the interest owed on a loan.

v.i. 
  1. to pardon an offense or an offender.
Etymology:bef. 900;
for- + give;
replacing Middle English foryiven, Old English forgiefan
for•giva•ble, adj. 
for•giver, n. 
1 . See excuse.  3 . absolve, acquit.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

forgive /fəˈɡɪv/ vb ( -gives, -giving, -gave, -given)
  1. to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
  2. to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
  3. (transitive) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
  4. (transitive) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
Etymology: Old English forgiefan; see for-, give

forˈgivable adj forˈgiver n



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