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[fer-gat] /fərˈgæt/
verb, Archaic.
a simple past tense of forget.


[fer-get] /fərˈgɛt/
verb (used with object), forgot or (Archaic) forgat; forgotten or forgot; forgetting.
to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall:
to forget someone's name.
to omit or neglect unintentionally:
I forgot to shut the window before leaving.
to leave behind unintentionally; neglect to take:
to forget one's keys.
to omit mentioning; leave unnoticed.
to fail to think of; take no note of.
to neglect willfully; disregard or slight.
verb (used without object), forgot or (Archaic) forgat; forgotten or forgot; forgetting.
to cease or omit to think of something.
forget oneself, to say or do something improper or unbefitting one's rank, position, or character.
Origin of forget
before 900; for- + get; replacing Middle English foryeten, Old English forg(i)etan; cognate with Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan
Related forms
forgettable, adjective
forgetter, noun
unforgetting, adjective
Usage note
Both forgot and forgotten are used as the past participle of forget: Many have already forgot (or forgotten) the hard times of the Depression. Only forgotten is used attributively: half-forgotten memories. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for forgat
Historical Examples
  • A very pestilent heretic, that Queen Mary should have burned, and forgat.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Truly, I forgat the same at that time; and now I have not the money to mine hand.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

  • And they forgat the wind-swept ways And angry fords of the flitting-days.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • While the north wind swept the hillside there They forgat the other Whitewater.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • So that I thus escaping, by reason of my tender infancie, forgat almost my selfe, and knew not well what I was.

  • In such sorte as to marry her I forgat all feare of friendes, and brought her hither in despite of her parentes.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • But in their wealth they forgat the goodness of God, so that ofttimes he gave them over into the hand of their enemies.

  • And as Joan forgat Kernsberg and her revenge, Rome and his mission receded into the background of the young man's thoughts.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • He forgat not his courtesy, but gave it into the hand of the maiden, and drew forth his good sword.

    The Romance of Morien Jessie L. Weston
British Dictionary definitions for forgat


(archaic) a past tense of forget


verb -gets, -getting, -got -gotten, (archaic, dialect) -got
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to fail to recall (someone or something once known); be unable to remember
(transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to neglect, usually as the result of an unintentional error
(transitive) to leave behind by mistake
(transitive) to disregard intentionally
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to fail to mention
forget oneself
  1. to act in an improper manner
  2. to be unselfish
  3. to be deep in thought
forget it!, an exclamation of annoyed or forgiving dismissal of a matter or topic
Derived Forms
forgettable, adjective
forgetter, noun
Word Origin
Old English forgietan; related to Old Frisian forgeta, Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan
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Word Origin and History for forgat



Old English forgietan, from for-, used here with negative force, "away, amiss, opposite" + gietan "to grasp" (see get). To "un-get," hence "to lose" from the mind. A common Germanic construction (cf. Old Saxon fargetan, Old Frisian forjeta, Dutch vergeten, Old High German firgezzan, German vergessen "to forget"). The literal sense would be "to lose (one's) grip on," but that is not recorded in any Germanic language. Related: Forgetting; forgot; forgotten.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with forgat


In addition to the idiom beginning with forget also see: forgive and forget
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