- a simple past tense and past participle of forget.
- 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
Related Words for forgotignore, fail, overlook, neglect, skip, blow, obliterate, omit, discount, drop, slight, blink, trespass, disregard, transgress, disremember, misrecollect, overpass
Examples from the Web for forgot
Contemporary Examples of forgot
Several times, either because they forgot or they had a technical problem, they connected directly, and we could see them.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
Should old acquaintance be forgot, just remember a few of the resolutions the Founding Fathers (would have) made this year.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
Chiefly, we forgot the many, many problems there are with the bones—the book and score—to this show.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
Her downfall came about, because for a second she forgot that to swim in the shark pool, you have to always act like a shark.‘Housewife Tycoon’ Took On ‘Mad Men’ NYC Real Estate Market and Won
October 26, 2014
Somewhere, somehow, the author Pete Dexter forgot how to have fun.The Stacks: Pete Dexter on What It’s Like to Lose the Knack of Having Fun
September 20, 2014
Historical Examples of forgot
The mother's heart was touched, and she forgot all her forebodings.Brave and Bold
The past slid from him so easily, he forgot even to try to forget.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I had forgot the pasty, and it will be as scorched as Judas Iscariot!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He forgot that humble worship was not the way to win a high-spirited girl.The Man Shakespeare
I had forgot there were three Diné at Ty-uonyi; the third had been under the rock drinking.The Trail Book
- (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 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with forget
- forget it
- forget oneself
- forgive and forget