- 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 unforgetting
Historical Examples of unforgetting
O shade of Algernon Etheridge, unforgetting and unforgiving!Dark Hollow
Anna Katherine Green
It was only in after years that this bit of ground was bought, and walled in, and cared for, by unforgetting survivors.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)
Benjamin Ellis Martin
Scarce otherwise, surely, than the unforgotten dead are alive—alive in unforgetting love.Vanishing Roads and Other Essays
Richard Le Gallienne
He had pleaded for the Christ-law of forgiven sins, but in his veins ran the unforgetting blood of warring generations.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
Unforgiving and unforgetting, no trifle was beneath the minute vigilance of the Holy Office.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume I
Henry Charles Lea
- (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