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Definition of forget verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forget
    he / she / it forgets
    past simple forgot
    past participle forgotten
    -ing form forgetting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (not usually used in the progressive tenses) to be unable to remember something that has happened in the past or information that you knew in the past forget (about something) I'd completely forgotten about the money he owed me. Before I forget, there was a call from your bank for you. forget something I never forget a face. Who could forget his speech at last year's party? forget (that)… She keeps forgetting (that) I'm not a child any more. I was forgetting (= I had forgotten)(that) you've been here before. forget where, how, etc… I've forgotten where they live exactly. I forget how much they paid for it. forget (somebody) doing something I'll never forget hearing this piece of music for the first time. it is forgotten that… It should not be forgotten that people used to get much more exercise.
  2. to do something
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to not remember to do something that you ought to do, or to bring or buy something that you ought to bring or buy forget (about something) “Why weren't you at the meeting?” “Sorry—I forgot.” forget to do something Take care, and don't forget to write. I forgot to ask him for his address. forget something/somebody I forgot my purse (= I did not remember to bring it). “Hey, don't forget me (= don't leave without me)!” Aren't you forgetting something? (= I think you have forgotten to do something)
  4. stop thinking about something
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] to deliberately stop thinking about someone or something forget (about somebody/something) Try to forget about what happened. Could you possibly forget about work for five minutes? forget somebody/something Forget him! Let's forget our differences and be friends. forget (that)… Forget (that) I said anything!
  6. 4[intransitive, transitive] to stop thinking that something is a possibility forget about something If I lose this job, we can forget about buying a new car. forget something “I was hoping you might be able to lend me the money.” “You can forget that!”
  7. yourself
  8. 5[transitive] forget yourself to behave in a way that is not socially acceptable I'm forgetting myself. I haven't offered you a drink yet!
  9. Idioms
    and don't (you) forget it (informal)
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    used to tell someone how they should behave, especially when they have been behaving in a way you do not like You're a suspect, not a detective, and don't you forget it.
      forget it (informal)
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    1. 1used to tell someone that something is not important and that they should not worry about it “I still owe you for lunch yesterday.” “Forget it.”
    2. 2used to tell someone that you are not going to repeat what you said “Now, what were you saying about John?” “Forget it, it doesn't matter.”
    3. 3used to emphasize that you are saying “no” to something “Any chance of you helping out here?” “Forget it, I've got too much to do.”
    4. 4used to tell someone to stop talking about something because they are annoying you Just forget it.
    forgive and forget
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    to stop feeling angry with someone for something they have done to you and to behave as if it had not happened I know what he did was wrong but don't you think it's time to forgive and forget?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: forget

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