What does forgive mean?

Definitions for forgive
fərˈgɪvfor·give

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forgiveverb

    stop blaming or grant forgiveness

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

  2. forgiveverb

    absolve from payment

    "I forgive you your debt"

Wiktionary

  1. forgiveverb

    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. forgiveverb

    To accord forgiveness.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgiveverb

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

  2. Forgiveverb

    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. Forgiveverb

    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, data 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  

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

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

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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. Thomas Whitaker:

    We’re not asking them to forgive him or let him go, we just want them to let him live.

  2. Tom Zegan:

    You'll have to forgive me, I went to public school.

  3. Botham Jean:

    I forgive you, and I know if you go to God and ask him, he will forgive you. I'm speaking for myself, not my family, but I love you just like anyone else.

  4. Anna Acheng:

    Since he surrendered, we can now forgive him for the atrocities he committed against our people because we are confident that he will never go back to the bush.

  5. Godfather, The:

    Don Corleone I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall Michael - if he is to be shot in the head by a police officer, or be found hung dead in a jail cell... or if he should be struck by a bolt of lightning - then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room and then I do not forgive. But with said, I pledge - on the souls of my grandchildren - that I will not be the one to break the peace that we have made today.

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