Definition of forget in English:

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Pronunciation: /fərˈɡet/

verb (forgets, forgetting; past forgot; past participle forgotten or forgot)

[with object]
1Fail to remember: he had forgotten his lines [with clause]: she had completely forgotten how tired and hungry she was
More example sentences
  • I found myself mixing up my lines, or forgetting them completely.
  • As we listen to his wonderful gab, we should remember what he sometimes forgot or failed to say.
  • I recently picked the thing up again and surprised myself by remembering most of the chords, but completely forgetting their names.
fail to remember, fail to recall, fail to think of
informal disremember
1.1Inadvertently neglect to attend to, do, or mention something: [with infinitive]: she forgot to lock her door [no object]: I’m sorry, I just forgot
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  • Ross may simply have forgotten to mention this, but it is the fact that there is no legal penalty that beggars belief.
  • He's not tried to be dishonest, he has just forgotten to mention one thing.
  • John, you also forgot to mention their dastardly plans to bomb women and children in yet more state sponsored terror.
neglect, fail, omit
1.2Put out of one’s mind; cease to think of or consider: forget all this romantic stuff [no object]: for years she had struggled to forget about him
More example sentences
  • Some might hide and forget about it, there are some who might even run from it and try to make a new life, forgetting the past like it never existed.
  • That crisis of civilizational morale, in turn, helps explain why European man is deliberately forgetting his history.
  • Either buy the girl her superstructure out of the goodness of your heart or forget about it.
stop thinking about, put out of one's mind, shut out, blank out, pay no heed to, not worry about, ignore, overlook, take no notice of;
abandon, say goodbye to, deep-six
1.3 (forget it) Said when insisting to someone that there is no need for apology or thanks.
1.4 (forget it) Said when telling someone that their idea or aspiration is impracticable.
Example sentences
  • As for the possibility of anyone having a view that represents a blend of the obligatory sets of ideas, forget it!
  • As for nerdy engines powered by Linux, forget it.
1.5 (forget oneself) Stop thinking about one’s own problems or feelings: he must forget himself in his work
More example sentences
  • It says, ‘Life satisfaction occurs most often when people are engaged in absorbing activities that cause them to forget themselves, lose track of time, and stop worrying.’
  • It seemed as if the time of the day had stopped, and she was glad as she forgot herself as she danced, listening to the music intently.
  • I think you ought to stop it, or he'll soon forget himself and start expecting the respect a proper name commands.
1.6 (forget oneself) Act improperly or unbecomingly.
Example sentences
  • With everything going on, she said, I almost forgot myself.
  • On Thursday night, the president forgot himself.
  • But today, in an unguarded moment, he forgets himself.


not forgetting ——

(At the end of a list) and also ——: we depend on them for food and shelter and clothing, not forgetting heat in the wintertime
More example sentences
  • It would help considerably if parents ensure that the owners name appears somewhere on all items of clothing, not forgetting footballs.
  • The heat and not forgetting the stress was mounting upon Sarah and it was beginning to show…
  • Scottish Friends of Palestine, one of the organisers of the protest against the event, is proud to have Jewish founding members, not forgetting existing members.



Pronunciation: /fərˈɡedər/
Example sentences
  • While trying to suppress their memories, the best forgetters displayed particularly intense blood flow - indicating elevated neural activity - in the prefrontal cortex and unusually little blood flow in the hippocampus.
  • Thus, for a community out of step with the rest of society, the confession of failings served to recall both backsliders and forgetters to the perfection to which they were called at the time of their preparation for baptism.
  • This bar was for the forgetters; the men and women who only drank because it was better than having to face the long walk home.


Old English forgietan; related to Dutch vergeten and German vergessen, and ultimately to for- and get.

Words that rhyme with forget

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Syllabification: for·get

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