Meaning of “forget” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /fəˈɡet/ (present participle forgetting, past tense forgot, past participle forgotten)

B1 to be unable to remember a fact, something that happened, or how to do something:

I've forgotten his name.
[ + (that) ] Don't forget that Lucy and John are coming this weekend.
He'd completely forgotten about their quarrel.
[ + question word ] You never forget how to ride a bike.
NOT DO [ I, T ]

A2 to not remember to do something:

[ + to do sth ] Dad's always forgetting to take his pills.

A2 to not bring something with you because you did not remember it:

Oh no, I've forgotten my passport.
STOP THINKING [ T ] (also forget about)

B1 to stop thinking about someone or something:

I'll never forget him for as long as I live.
Let's try to forget about work and have a good time.
forget it

used to tell someone not to worry about something as it is not important:

"I'm sorry I missed your birthday." "Forget it, it doesn't matter."
I forget

used instead of 'I have forgotten':

I forget when we last saw him.
forget yourself

to do or say something that is not acceptable in a particular situation:

She completely forgot herself and started screaming at him.

(Definition of “forget” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)