Definition of Forgive

1. Verb. Stop blaming or grant forgiveness. "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday"

Generic synonyms: Concede, Grant, Yield
Specialized synonyms: Condone, Excuse, Absolve, Free, Justify, Absolve, Shrive, Remit, Pardon, Excuse, Pardon
Derivative terms: Forgiver



2. Verb. Absolve from payment. "I forgive you your debt"
Generic synonyms: Exempt, Free, Relieve

Definition of Forgive

1. v. t. To give wholly; to make over without reservation; to resign.

Definition of Forgive

1. Verb. (transitive) To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To accord forgiveness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Forgive

1. to pardon [v -GAVE, -GIVEN, -GIVING, -GIVES] - See also: pardon

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Forgive

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forgetteth
forgettil
forgetting
forgettingly
forgettings
forgettle
forging
forging ahead
forgings
forgit
forgitty
forgiv'n
forgivable
forgivably
forgive (current term)
forgive and forget
forgiveable
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forgiven
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forgiveness
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forgivers
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forgives and forgets
forgivest
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forgiving

Literary usage of Forgive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of George Fox by George Fox (1831)
"... and saith it in words; " forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive ..."

2. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1873)
"forgive that you may forget. ' is that bad and good arc inextricably linked in remem- ... The old proverb does not tell you to forget that you may forgive, ..."

3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1882)
"... I could least bear—but I will not stay to rob myself of all your compassionate good-will, by showing that where I have most injured I can least forgive. ..."

4. British Reformers by John Foxe, Miles Coverdale, John Bale (1842)
"But among all other promises, this promise is specially to be remembered where Christ promises thus: If ye will forgive men their trespasses, ..."

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