What does forget mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forget, buryverb

    dismiss from the mind; stop remembering

    "I tried to bury these unpleasant memories"

  2. forget, block, blank out, draw a blankverb

    be unable to remember

    "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"

  3. forgetverb

    forget to do something

    "Don't forget to call the chairman of the board to the meeting!"

  4. forget, leaveverb

    leave behind unintentionally

    "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"


  1. forgetverb

    To lose remembrance of.

    I have forgotten most of the things I learned in school.

  2. forgetverb

    To unintentionally not do, neglect.

    I forgot to buy flowers for my wife at our 14th wedding anniversary.

  3. forgetverb

    To cease remembering.

    Let's just forget about it.

  4. forgetverb

    fuck, screw .

    Forget you!

  5. Etymology: From forgeten, forgiten, forȝeten, forȝiten, from forgietan, from fragetanan, equivalent to. Cognate with forget, forȝet, ferjitte, forjitte, vergeten, vergessen, förgäta.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To FORGETverb

    preter. forgot; part. forgotten, or forgot.

    Etymology: forgytan , Saxon; vergeten, Dutch.

    That is not forgot
    Which ne’er I did remember; to my knowledge,
    I never in my life did look on him. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    When I am forgotten, as I shall be,
    And sleep in dull cold marble, where no mention
    Of me must more be heard. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Oh, my oblivion is a very Anthony,
    And I am all forgotten. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

    Forget not thy friend in thy mind, and be not unmindful of him in thy riches. Ecclus. xxxvii. 6.

    No sooner was our deliverance compleated, but we forgot our danger and our duty. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Alive, ridiculous; and dead, forgot. Alexander Pope.

    Can a woman forget her sucking child? Yea, they may forget; yet will I not forget thee. Isa. xlix. 5.

    The mass of mean forgotten things. Anon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgetverb

    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

  2. Forgetverb

    to treat with inattention or disregard; to slight; to neglect

  3. Etymology: [OE. forgeten, foryeten, AS. forgietan, forgitan; pref. for- + gietan, gitan (only in comp.), to get; cf. D. vergeten, G. vergessen, Sw. frgta, Dan. forgiette. See For-, and Get, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forget

    for-get′, v.t. to lose or put away from the memory: to neglect:—pr.p. forget′ting; pa.t. forgot′; pa.p. forgot′, forgot′ten.adjs. Forget′able, Forget′table; Forget′ful, apt to forget: inattentive.—adv. Forget′fully.—ns. Forget′fulness; Forget′-me-not, a small herb (Myosotis palustris) with beautiful blue flowers, regarded as the emblem of friendship: a keepsake [a word adapted by Coleridge from the German Vergissmeinnicht]; Forget′ter, one who fails to bear in mind: a heedless person.—adv. Forget′tingly.—Forget one's self, to lose one's self-control or dignity, to descend to words and deeds unworthy of one's self. [A.S. forgietan—pfx. for-, away, gitan, to get.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forget' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2016

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forget' in Written Corpus Frequency: #708

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forget' in Verbs Frequency: #178

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forget in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forget in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of forget in a Sentence

  1. Brandon Judd:

    I believe that they're trying to drag this out and get the American public to forget about it because ultimately they're going to have to come back and say [the agents] did nothing wrong, or they're going to have to make some charges up and try to fit some charges under policy, that’s the only conclusion that we can come to on why this is taking so long.

  2. Chuzy:

    I refuse to be satisfied,but I still don't forget to be grateful.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Let's not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear. That we have always met challenges, whether war or depression, natural disasters or terrorist attacks, by coming together around our common ideals as one nation and one people.

  4. Olivia Marks-Woldman:

    Although the symbolic significance of the funeral is clear, particularly for so many survivors of the Holocaust who were not able to hold funerals for their own relatives, we must not forget that these remains are of six individuals, who lived distinct and unique lives.

  5. Fox News:

    For Christians around the world, Christmas is one of the most important religious holidays of the liturgical year, now that's a pretty obvious statement - but in our culture, it's actually easy to forget that Jesus is the reason for the season.

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