verb (forgave; forgiven; -giving) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English forgifan, from for- + gifan to give Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to give up resentment of or claim to requital for <
forgive an insult
b. to grant relief from payment of <
forgive a debt
2. to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) ; pardon <
forgive one's enemies
intransitive verb to grant forgiveness Synonyms: see excuseforgivable adjectiveforgivably adverbforgiver noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(especially for a small offence), , ,

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  • Forgive — For*give , v. t. [imp. {Forgave}; p. p. {Forgiven}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forgiving}] [OE. forgiven, foryiven, foryeven, AS. forgiefan, forgifan; perh. for + giefan, gifan to give; cf. D. vergeven, G. vergeben, Icel. fyrirgefa, Sw. f?rgifva, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forgive — for‧give [fəˈgɪv ǁ fər ] verb forgave PASTTENSE [ ˈgeɪv] forgiven PASTPART [ ˈgɪvn] [transitive] FINANCE to state that a debt does not have to be paid: • Under the plan, the US forgave $2.6 billion, or about 70%, of Poland s debt to the US… …   Financial and business terms

  • forgive — (v.) O.E. forgiefan give, grant, allow; forgive, also to give up and to give in marriage; from for completely + giefan give (see GIVE (Cf. give)). The modern sense of to give up desire or power to punish is from use of the compound as a Germanic… …   Etymology dictionary

  • forgive — [fər giv′, fôrgiv′] vt. forgave, forgiven, forgiving [ME forgeven < OE forgiefan, forgifan (akin to Ger vergeben): see FOR & GIVE] 1. to give up resentment against or the desire to punish; stop being angry with; pardon 2. to give up all claim… …   English World dictionary

  • forgive — I verb absolve, acquit, bear no malice, cancel, clear, condonare, condone, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exonerate, forget, give absolution, grant amnesty, grant pardon, ignoscere, overlook, palliate, pardon, reprieve, shrive, vindicate associated… …   Law dictionary

  • forgive — pardon, remit, *excuse, condone Analogous words: absolve, *exculpate, acquit, exonerate, vindicate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forgive — has a derivative form forgivable, without an e in the middle …   Modern English usage

  • forgive — [v] stop blame and grant pardon absolve, accept apology, acquit, allow for, amnesty, bear no malice*, bear with, bury the hatchet*, clear, commute, condone, dismiss from mind, efface, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exonerate, extenuate, forget, kiss… …   New thesaurus

  • forgive — ► VERB (past forgave; past part. forgiven) 1) stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence or mistake. 2) excuse (an offence, flaw, or mistake). DERIVATIVES forgivable adjective forgiver noun forgiving adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • forgive — for|give S3 [fəˈgıv US fər ] v past tense forgave [ ˈgeıv] past participle forgiven [ ˈgıvən] [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: forgifan] 1.) to stop being angry with someone and stop blaming them, although they have done something wrong forgive… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • forgive — 01. Ian begged his wife to [forgive] him after his affair with an old girlfriend. 02. The little boy made his confession to the priest, who told him he was [forgiven]. 03. I will never [forgive] him for cheating on me with my best friend. 04. He… …   Grammatical examples in English

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