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"forgive" in British English

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forgiveverb [I or T, not continuous]

uk   /fəˈɡɪv/  us   /fɚˈɡɪv/ (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.
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?

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forgive a loan/debt
to say that money does not have to be paid back: The new program would forgive state loans to new graduates who teach in Nebraska.
(Definition of forgive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forgive" in American English

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forgiveverb [T]

 us   /fərˈɡɪv, fɔr-/ (past tense forgave  /fərˈɡeɪv, fɔr-/ , past participle forgiven  /fərˈɡɪv·ən, fɔr-/ )
to stop being angry with someone who has done something wrong: She apologized and he forgave her. I can’t forgive someone who has treated me so badly.
forgiveness
noun [U]  us   /fərˈɡɪv·nəs, fɔr-/
To my family and friends, I beg your forgiveness for the lies I’ve told.
(Definition of forgive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"forgive" in Business English

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forgiveverb [T]

uk   us   /fəˈɡɪv/ (forgave, forgiven) formal ECONOMICS, FINANCE
to allow someone to not have to pay a debt: Japan agreed to forgive up to 100% of the debts owed to it by the world's poorest countries.
forgiveness
noun [U]
debt/loan forgiveness The legislation also includes special loan forgiveness for public servants such as teachers and firefighters.
(Definition of forgive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “forgive”
in Korean 용서하다…
in Arabic يُسامِح…
in Malaysian memaafkan…
in French pardonner…
in Russian прощать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 原諒, 寬恕…
in Italian perdonare…
in Turkish affetmek, bağışlamak…
in Polish wybaczać…
in Spanish perdonar…
in Vietnamese tha thứ, thứ lỗi…
in Portuguese perdoar…
in Thai ยกโทษให้, อภัยให้…
in German vergeben, verzeihen…
in Catalan perdonar…
in Japanese ~を許す…
in Chinese (Simplified) 原谅, 宽恕…
in Indonesian memaafkan…
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