- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for forget
And for those on the Palestinian right who still dream of driving the Jews into the sea, they too can forget it.
But for those on the Israeli right who are hoping that this deferred dream will just fade away, they can forget it.
If we go another year without doing one people will just forget what it was.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
Forget those silly “games played with the ball”; they are far “too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
And it often travels so lightly that you can forget you are clothed in its benefits.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
"I should like to forget that you are my nephew," said the old man.Brave and Bold
And you forget that—that devil—suppose she's as good as her threat?
They had talked afterward so feverishly, as if to forget their situation.
All your frien's may forget you, but Deff 'll nebber forget you.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The past slid from him so easily, he forgot even to try to forget.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to fail to recall (someone or something once known); be unable to remember
- (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to neglect, usually as the result of an unintentional error
- (tr) to leave behind by mistake
- (tr) to disregard intentionally
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to fail to mention
- forget oneself
- to act in an improper manner
- to be unselfish
- to be deep in thought
- forget it! an exclamation of annoyed or forgiving dismissal of a matter or topic
Word Origin and History for forget
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.
Idioms and Phrases with forget
In addition to the idiom beginning with forget
- forget it
- forget oneself
- forgive and forget