What does Forgive mean?

Definitions for Forgive
fərˈgɪvFor·give

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forgive(verb)

    stop blaming or grant forgiveness

    "I forgave him his infidelity"; "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday"

  2. forgive(verb)

    absolve from payment

    "I forgive you your debt"

Wiktionary

  1. forgive(Verb)

    To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment.

    Only the brave know how to forgive...A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. - Laurence Sterne

    Etymology: forgiven, from forgiefan, corresponding to . Cognate with vergeven, vergeben.

  2. forgive(Verb)

    To accord forgiveness.

    Etymology: forgiven, from forgiefan, corresponding to . Cognate with vergeven, vergeben.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgive(verb)

    to give wholly; to make over without reservation; to resign

  2. Forgive(verb)

    to give up resentment or claim to requital on account of (an offense or wrong); to remit the penalty of; to pardon; -- said in reference to the act forgiven

  3. Forgive(verb)

    to cease to feel resentment against, on account of wrong committed; to give up claim to requital from or retribution upon (an offender); to absolve; to pardon; -- said of the person offending

Freebase

  1. Forgive

    Forgive is the second studio album by American country music artist Rebecca Lynn Howard. The album was released in September 2002 by MCA Nashville. The only single released from the project, the title track, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and was her only Top 40 country hit. "Jesus and Bartenders" was later recorded by Daryle Singletary, who released it in 2008 as a single from his album Straight from the Heart. It was originally recorded by Larry Cordle on his album Murder on Music Row.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forgive

    for-giv′, v.t. to pardon: to overlook an offence or debt: (Spens.) to give up.—v.i. to be merciful or forgiving.—adj. Forgiv′able, capable of being forgiven.—n. Forgive′ness, pardon: remission: disposition to pardon.—adj. Forgiv′ing, ready to pardon: merciful: compassionate. [A.S. forgiefan—pfx. for-, away, giefan, to give; cf. Ger. ver-geben.]

Editors Contribution

  1. forgive

    To change, delete and release a feeling, energy, emotion or perception and give or receive a form of communication, enlightenment, inspiration, knowing or understanding of the root cause of a behavior, expression or spoken word and how it is intended and perceived in that moment so all effected can achieve peace.

    We must all forgive easily to ensure peace in our individual and collective souls and for the evolution of humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 4, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Forgive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4197

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Forgive' in Verbs Frequency: #714

How to pronounce Forgive?

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How to say Forgive in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forgive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forgive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Forgive in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.

  2. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    I understand that you are claiming it is almost impossible to forgive, but only easier to forget. The truth is that, you can only forgive that which you have forced your mind to forget. We must forget first, then forgiveness will come by itself.

  3. Honore' de Balzac:

    When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.

  4. Jessamyn West:

    It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes -- it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

  5. Andrea Metz:

    I know these people. I’ve known them for a long time, i think a system that’s massively broken – that a Band-Aid to make you all feel better for what you’ve been silent witnesses to and participants… No, I do not forgive.

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