[ fer-got ]
/ fərˈgɒt /


a simple past tense and past participle of forget.

Nearby words

  1. forgive,
  2. forgive and forget,
  3. forgiveness,
  4. forgiving,
  5. forgo,
  6. forgotten,
  7. forgotten man,
  8. forint,
  9. forjudge,
  10. fork


[ 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.

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

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

Usage note

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forgot


/ (fəˈɡɒt) /


the past tense of forget
archaic, or dialect a past participle of forget


/ (fəˈɡɛt) /

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

Derived Formsforgettable, 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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Word Origin and History for forgot



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with forgot


In addition to the idiom beginning with forget

  • forget it
  • forget oneself

also see:

  • forgive and forget
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