- a 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 forgottengone, abandoned, lost, omitted, obliterated, lapsed, buried, repressed, suppressed, bygone, past, unremembered
Examples from the Web for forgotten
Contemporary Examples of forgotten
But even though he has been disappeared, Castro is not forgotten.
What often is forgotten—and what Beck could probably stand to remember—is that the massacre was, technically, a firefight.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
In the 54 years since they departed, Belgika has been forgotten by the outside world.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
The pyramids of Meroe await a day when stability will allow outsiders to peek at a forgotten ancient kingdom.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
But because they are not forgotten, they cannot completely be abandoned.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of forgotten
In the midst of this generosity, the services of Geta and Milza were not forgotten.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He tried to recall some forgotten detail of the business that might serve to occupy him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Some books were in frequent use, but others were not forgotten.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
His name, once the most familiar, was forgotten in the list of American bards.Biographical Sketches
It was not in Vavasor's usual taste: he had forgotten his best manners.Weighed and Wanting
- a past participle of forget
- (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
early 15c., past participle adjective from 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