- 1stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence, flaw, or mistake
- 2cancel (a debt)
Using forgive: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "forgive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I can't forgive him for what he did to me.
She forgave him for forgetting her birthday.
Please forgive my ignorance.
The bank has agreed to forgive the loan.
forgive Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with forgive
to completely forgive someone and not let their past mistakes affect your future relationship with them
I know he made a mistake, but I think it's time to forgive and forget.
He begged for her forgiveness after he realized how much he had hurt her.
Forgive me for interrupting, but I have a question.
Origins of forgive
from Old English 'forgiefan', meaning 'give, grant, allow; remit (a debt)', from 'for-' meaning 'completely' + 'giefan' meaning 'give'
Summary: forgive in Brief
To 'forgive' [fərˈɡɪv] means to stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone for an offense, flaw, or mistake. It can also mean to cancel a debt. Examples include 'I can't forgive him for what he did to me.' and 'The bank has agreed to forgive the loan.' Phrases like 'forgive and forget' denote complete forgiveness, while 'beg for forgiveness' implies asking for pardon.