verb (used with object), for·got or (Archaic) for·gat; for·got·ten or for·got; for·get·ting.
verb (used without object), for·got or (Archaic) for·gat; for·got·ten or for·got; for·get·ting.
- forge welding,
- forget it,
- forget oneself,
Origin of forget
verb -gets, -getting or -got or -gotten or archaic, dialect -got
- to act in an improper manner
- to be unselfish
- to be deep in thought
Word Origin 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.
Lose one's reserve, temper, or self-restraint; do or say something out of keeping with one's position or character. For example, A teacher should never forget herself and shout at the class. Shakespeare used it in Richard II (3:2): “I had forgot myself: am I not king?” [Late 1500s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with forget
- forget it
- forget oneself
- forgive and forget