- 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 forgetting
Again, forgetting about the owners and everything they did, I was in love with The Source.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
It begins with forgetting lines in lectures and losing track of where she is on a jog, and gets worse.Oscar Season Kicks Off in Toronto: Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, and More Court Awards Glory
September 14, 2014
But there is a way to trick yourself into forgetting all that.The Director Isn’t Done Yet: An Interview With Steven Soderbergh
August 1, 2014
The recent Superman and Batman film franchises have both suffered for forgetting this.Model Minority Rage: Why the Hulk Should Be an Asian Guy
July 18, 2014
Also, with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you were really one of the first to see Mila Kunis as a screen siren.
When I look at it I'm to remember that you are forgetting me?Way of the Lawless
The Son of God forgive us, Nora, we're after forgetting his bit of bread.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
"I think that is rather uncivil," he added, forgetting the warning he had had.In the Midst of Alarms
There was no forgetting the flamboyant brilliancy of her apparel.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"You hit him," cried Chip, forgetting his prejudice for a moment.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- (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 forgetting
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 forgetting
In addition to the idiom beginning with forget
- forget it
- forget oneself
- forgive and forget