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Meaning of “forgive” in the English Dictionary

"forgive" in British English

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forgiveverb [I or T, not continuous]

uk   /fəˈɡɪv/  us   /fɚ-/ (forgave, forgiven)
B1 to ​stopblaming or being ​angry with someone for something that ​person has done, or not ​punish them for something: I don't ​think she's ​everquite forgiven me for getting her ​namewrong 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 ​seemrude: Forgive me for ​asking, but how much did you ​pay for ​yourbag?

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forgive a loan/debt to say that ​money does not have to be ​paid back: The new ​program would forgive ​stateloans 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 ​begyour 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 ​debtsowed to it by the world's ​poorest countries.
forgiveness
noun [U]
debt/loan forgiveness The ​legislation also ​includesspecialloan 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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