See also: Forget
From Middle English forgeten, forgiten, forȝeten, forȝiten, from Old English forġietan (“to forget”) [influenced by Old Norse geta ("to get, to guess")], from Proto-Germanic *fragetaną (“to give up, forget”), equivalent to for- + get.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fəˈɡɛt/, (less commonly:) /fɔːˈɡɛt/
Audio (RP, ‘to forget’) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /fɚˈɡɛt/, (less commonly:) /fɔɹˈɡɛt/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɛt
- Hyphenation: for‧get
- (transitive) To lose remembrance of.
- I have forgotten most of the things I learned in school.
- (transitive) To unintentionally not do, neglect.
- I forgot to buy flowers for my wife at our 14th wedding anniversary.
- (transitive) To unintentionally leave something behind.
- I forgot my car keys.
- (intransitive) To cease remembering.
- Let's just forget about it.
- (slang) euphemism for fuck, screw (a mild oath).
- Forget you!
- In sense 1 and 4 this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
- In sense 2 this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- See Appendix:English catenative verbs
Terms derived from forget
to lose remembrance of
to unintentionally not do
to leave behind
to cease remembering
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
Translations to be checked
- forget in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- forget in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ^ “forget” in the Collins English Dictionary, Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers.
- “forget” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- “forget” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- “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, Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers.