verb (used with object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
verb (used without object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
Origin of forgive
Examples from the Web for forgave
Philomena, I asked her if she forgave the nuns for what they did to her, and she said, “Yes.”Steve Coogan Makes His Bid For Some Serious, Dramatic Roles|Andrew Romano|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps because, as Jalics writes, he forgave his enemy as Christians are supposed to do.
I forgave him, although the cruelty that he and the boys at my school displayed stayed with me for many, many years.
We forgave him for not shaking the hands of his opponents when Orlando erased the Cavs in the 2009 playoffs.
In the end, she too forgave him, taking care of a dying Leary.Acid Trips and Frozen Heads at San Francisco’s Trippiest Party|Kate Coleman|February 18, 2009|DAILY BEAST
She was angered quickly, but she forgave just as readily, and underneath her pride there was the meekness of a child.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
I forgave him again and again, and I'd go on forgiving him forever if he would let me.Life and Gabriella|Ellen Glasgow
A hard man was Frederick Grant, an' none of his blood ever forgave an injury.My Lady of Doubt|Randall Parrish
Therefore her uncle's promise had made her very happy, and she forgave the ungenerous allusion to the two beggars.Ayala's Angel|Anthony Trollope
For the first time Hester forgave on the instant the act of blaming her husband.Deerbrook|Harriet Martineau
verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given
Word Origin for forgive
past tense of forgive (q.v.).
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).
The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.