forgive

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English forgiven (to forgive), from Old English forġiefan (to forgive, give up, provide), corresponding to for- +‎ give. Cognate with Dutch vergeven, German vergeben.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: fər-gĭv', fôr-gĭv', IPA(key): /fə(r)ˈɡɪv/, /fɔː(r)ˈɡɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪv

Verb[edit]

forgive (third-person singular simple present forgives, present participle forgiving, simple past forgave, past participle forgiven)

  1. (transitive) To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment.
    Only the brave know how to forgive...A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. - Laurence Sterne
  2. (intransitive) To accord forgiveness.

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