forever

[ fawr-ev-er, fer- ]
/ fɔrˈɛv ər, fər- /

adverb

without ever ending; eternally: to last forever.
continually; incessantly; always: He's forever complaining.
lasting for an endless period of time: the process of finding a forever home for the dog.

noun

an endless or seemingly endless period of time: It took them forever to make up their minds.

Idioms

    forever and a day, eternally; always: They pledged to love each other forever and a day.

Origin of forever

First recorded in 1300–50; orig. phrase for ever
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forever

/ (fɔːˈrɛvə, fə-) /

adverb

Also: for ever without end; everlastingly; eternally
at all times; incessantly
informal for a very long timehe went on speaking forever

noun

(as object) informal a very long timeit took him forever to reply
…forever! an exclamation expressing support or loyaltyScotland forever!

usage

Forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is without end. For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form
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Word Origin and History for forever

forever


adv.

late 14c., for ever; from for + ever. One word from late 17c.

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