American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To be unable to remember (something).
- v. To treat with thoughtless inattention; neglect: forget one's family.
- v. To leave behind unintentionally.
- v. To fail to mention.
- v. To banish from one's thoughts: forget a disgrace.
- v. Informal To disregard on purpose. Usually used in the imperative: Oh, forget it. I refuse to go!
- v. To cease remembering: Let's forgive and forget.
- v. To fail or neglect to become aware at the proper or specified moment: forgot about my dental appointment.
- idiom. forget (oneself) To lose one's reserve, temper, or self-restraint.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lose, temporarily or permanently, the power of recalling to consciousness (something once known or thought of); permit to pass, for a time or forever, from the mind; cease or fail to remember.
- Figuratively, to overlook or neglect in any way; fail to take thought of; lose care for.
- n. In glove-making, same as fourchette, 2.
- v. transitive To lose remembrance of.
- v. transitive To unintentionally not do, neglect.
- v. intransitive To cease remembering.
- v. slang euphemism for fuck, screw (a mild oath).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To lose the remembrance of; to let go from the memory; to cease to have in mind; not to think of; also, to lose the power of; to cease from doing.
- v. To treat with inattention or disregard; to slight; to neglect.
- v. be unable to remember
- v. leave behind unintentionally
- v. dismiss from the mind; stop remembering
- v. forget to do something
- From Middle English forgeten, forgiten, forȝeten, forȝiten, from Old English forġietan ("to forget"), from Proto-Germanic *fragetanan (“to give up, forget”), equivalent to for- + get. Cognate with Scots forget, forȝet ("to forget"), West Frisian ferjitte, forjitte ("to forget"), Dutch vergeten ("to forget"), German vergessen ("to forget"), Swedish förgäta ("to forget"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forgeten, from Old English forgietan; see ghend- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I never thought I would agree with a Keynesian like Paul Krugeman but his op-ed today Forgive in forget is an important read that many have already dsicussed.”
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“What a lot of conservatives forget is that their answer and the libertarian answer is not quite the same; once a conservative is convinced that government intervention is acceptable or even laudable he will enthusiastically support it*.”
“And what a lot of libertarians forget is that while “No” and “Probably not” are not quite the same, “No” and “Yes” will never be the same; even in places where the results would be the same the process is significantly different**.”
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“It's easy for us civilians to sit on our butts and criticize him for not immediately sending more troops, but what some seem to forget is that many of our troops are already serving their 3rd, 4th, even 5th tours in Iraq & Afghanistan.”
“While Palin points to some things that could be debated further (maybe changed, maybe not), the point she and most people forget is one point of which I had to remind a politician a short while ago.”
“What most also forget is that taxpayers are already paying for the medical expenses of the uninsured through higher insurance premiums (some can't afford it, some can't even get insured due to pre existing conditions).”
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