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


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.

Idioms for forever

    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for forever

/ (fɔːˈrɛvə, fə-) /


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!

usage for 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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