Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “forget”

forget

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

forget verb (NOT REMEMBER)

B1 [I or T] to be unable to remember a fact, something that happened, or how to do something: I'm sorry, I've forgotten your name. Let me write down that date before I forget it. I completely forgot about Gemma's party. [+ (that)] We had forgotten (that) she doesn't come on Thursdays. I'm sorry, I was forgetting (= I had forgotten) (that) you would be away in August. [+ -ing verb] She would never forget seeing the Himalayas for the first time. [+ question word] I've forgotten what you do next/how to do it. I never forget a face (= I'm good at remembering people). not forgetting including: This is where we keep all the books, not forgetting the magazines and newspapers.

forget verb (NOT DO)

A1 [I + to infinitive, T] to not remember to do something: Don't forget to lock the door. Dad's always forgetting (to take) his pills.

forget verb (NOT BRING)

A2 [T] to not bring something with you because you did not remember it: I've forgotten my keys.

forget verb (STOP THINKING)

B1 [I or T] to stop thinking about someone or something: He tried to forget her. It seemed unlikely that the debt would ever be paid so we just forgot (about) it.

forget verb (BEHAVE BADLY)

forget yourself to act in a socially unacceptable way because you have lost control of your emotions: He was so angry he forgot himself and swore loudly.
(Definition of forget from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of forget?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “forget” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More