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From Middle English forgeten, forgiten, foryeten, forȝiten, from Old English forġietan (to forget) [influenced by Old Norse geta ("to get, to guess")], from Proto-West Germanic *fragetan (to give up, forget). Equivalent to for- +‎ get.

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

  1. (transitive) To lose remembrance of.
    I have forgotten most of the things I learned in school.
    • 1593, Tho[mas] Nashe, Christs Teares Over Ierusalem. [], London: [] Iames Roberts, and are to be solde by Andrewe Wise, [], OCLC 846581854, folio 60, verso:
      VVe (of all earthlings) are Gods vtmoſt ſubiects, the laſt (in a manner) that he bought to his obedience: ſhal we then forgette that vvee are any ſubiects of hys, becauſe (as amongſt his Angels) he is not viſibly conuerſant amongſt vs?
    • 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. (transitive) To unintentionally leave something behind.
    I forgot my car keys in the living room.
  4. (intransitive) To cease remembering.
    Let's just forget about it.
  5. (slang) Euphemism for fuck, screw (a mild oath).
    Forget you!

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  1. ^ forget”, in Collins English Dictionary.
  2. 2.0 2.1 forget”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  3. 3.0 3.1 forget” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. 4.0 4.1 forget”, in Collins English Dictionary; from Michael Agnes, editor, Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th edition, Cleveland, Oh.: Wiley, 2010, →ISBN.