- 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.
- an endless or seemingly endless period of time: It took them forever to make up their minds.
- 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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Examples from the Web for forever
The Friday Night Lights television show featured characters talking of “Texas forever.”Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
I tried to force Talya to add scenes, make a series out of it so I could do it forever.‘Zero Motivation’: the Funny Side of the IDF
December 8, 2014
Its fissures are forever present and not that far beneath the surface of every day life.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
What had seemed immutable and eternal (“With the Soviet Union forever”) turned out to be a fleeting episode.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Still there was no check in the Black's gallop; he was like a devil that could go on forever and ever.
It was not within the laws of fate that they should go on forever and ever having bad luck.
On his table was the dust of solitariness; and with his finger he wrote in it "Forever."
They were all fixed, forever, in the look and attitude of that moment!The Gorgon's Head
We couldn't ever git away from them at this gait, and I couldn't hold on forever.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- Also: for ever without end; everlastingly; eternally
- at all times; incessantly
- informal for a very long timehe went on speaking forever
- (as object) informal a very long timeit took him forever to reply
- …forever! an exclamation expressing support or loyaltyScotland forever!
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
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