forget

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From Middle English forgeten, forgiten, forȝeten, forȝiten, from Old English forġietan (to forget), from Proto-Germanic *fragetaną (to give up, forget), equivalent to for- +‎ get. Cognate with Scots forget, forȝet (to forget), West Frisian ferjitte, forjitte (to forget), Dutch vergeten (to forget), German vergessen (to forget), Swedish förgäta (to forget).

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forget (third-person singular simple present forgets, present participle forgetting, simple past forgot or (archaic) forgat, past participle forgotten or (rarely) forgot)

  1. (transitive) To lose remembrance of.
    I have forgotten most of the things I learned in school.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      For at least two hours the Boy loved him, and then Aunts and Uncles came to dinner, and there was a great rustling of tissue paper and unwrapping of parcels, and in the excitement of looking at all the new presents the Velveteen Rabbit was forgotten.
  2. (transitive) To unintentionally not do, neglect.
    I forgot to buy flowers for my wife at our 14th wedding anniversary.
  3. (intransitive) To cease remembering.
    Let's just forget about it.
  4. (slang) euphemism for fuck, screw (a mild oath).
    Forget you!

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