forget

[ fer-get ]
/ fərˈgɛt /

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.

to cease or omit to think of something.

Idioms for forget

    forget oneself, to say or do something improper or unbefitting one's rank, position, or character.

Origin of forget

before 900; for- + get; replacing Middle English foryeten, Old English forg(i)etan; cognate with Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan

OTHER WORDS FROM forget

for·get·ta·ble, adjectivefor·get·ter, nounun·for·get·ting, adjective

usage note for forget

Both forgot and forgotten are used as the past participle of forget : Many have already forgot (or forgotten ) the hard times of the Depression. Only forgotten is used attributively: half-forgotten memories.
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British Dictionary definitions for forget oneself

forget
/ (fəˈɡɛt) /

verb -gets, -getting or -got or -gotten or archaic, dialect -got

Derived forms of forget

forgettable, adjectiveforgetter, noun

Word Origin for forget

Old English forgietan; related to Old Frisian forgeta, Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan
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Idioms and Phrases with forget oneself (1 of 2)

forget oneself

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]

Idioms and Phrases with forget oneself (2 of 2)

forget

In addition to the idiom beginning with forget

  • forget it
  • forget oneself

also see:

  • forgive and forget
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