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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.
    • 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 the Collins English Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 forget”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary, (Please provide a date or year).
  3. 3.0 3.1 forget” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. 4.0 4.1 forget” in Michael Agnes, editor-in-chief, Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th edition, Cleveland, Oh.: Wiley, 2010, →ISBN; reproduced on the Collins English Dictionary