/fəˈgɪv/verb(past tenseforgave, past participleforgiven)
›[I, T]to decide not to be angry with someone or not to punish them for something they have done: I've apologized, but I don't think she'll ever forgive me.[often reflexive]Mike would never forgive himself if anything happened to the children.[+ for+ doing sth]Jane never forgave her mother for lying to her.
forgive me›used before you ask or say something that might seem rude: Forgive me for asking, but how much did you pay for your bag?
sb could be forgiven for doing sth›used to say that you can understand if someone might think, believe, or do something