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English definition of “forgive”

forgive

verb [I or T, not continuous] uk   /fəˈɡɪv/ us    /fɚ-/ (forgave, forgiven)
B1 to stop blaming or being angry with someone for something that person has done, or not punish them for something: I don't think she's ever quite forgiven me for getting her name wrong that time. I've never found it easy to forgive and forget (= to behave as if something wrong had never happened). I'd never forgive myself if anything happened to the kids.Making and accepting apologies forgive me B2 formal used before you ask or say something that might seem rude: Forgive me for asking, but how much did you pay for your bag?Polite expressionsMaking and accepting apologies
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