verb (used with object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
verb (used without object), for·gave, for·giv·en, for·giv·ing.
- forgive and forget,
Origin of forgive
Examples from the Web for forgive
When a popular Sunni televangelist does it, to forgive is divine.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I do not forgive those who saw the attacks and have refused to cooperate with law enforcement.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It turns out audiences will forgive such reports when your movies are good.
In the Church of Sorkin, this is the prayer of humility: forgive them, for they know not what they do.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing|Kevin Fallon|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The second half of Interstellar is basically one giant SPOILER ALERT, so forgive the nebulousness.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rousseau was right; he was a being apart; and the philosophers could not forgive him for his independence.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The Prophet has said: "Seek him who flees from thee; forgive him who injures thee; give to him who does not give to thee."Letters from a Sf Teacher|Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
"I have nothing to forgive," replied the fair one, demurely.
She then fell on her knees and prayed to the gods of her fathers to forgive her for her apostasy from them.An Egyptian Princess, Complete|Georg Ebers
To forgive when smitten is God-like; but, oh, how difficult for any mere man!The Coward|Henry Morford
verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given
Word Origin for forgive
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.