Definition of “forever” - English Dictionary

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“forever” in British English

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foreveradverb

UK also for ever uk /fəˈre.vər/ us /fɔːˈrev.ɚ/

B1 for all time:

I like the house but I don't imagine I'll live there forever.

B2 for an extremely long time or too much time:

We'd better walk a bit quicker - it's going to take forever if we go at this pace.

very often:

She's forever telling him she's going to leave him but she never actually does.

More examples

  • Each transaction at the foreign exchange counter seems to take forever.
  • I know she's gone forever, but I just can't put her out of my mind.
  • That look of pure grief would be imprinted on her mind forever.
  • The awful sound of the crash will be stamped on her memory forever.
  • The city has a timeless quality as if it had existed forever.

(Definition of “forever” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“forever” in American English

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foreveradverb [ not gradable ]

us /fərˈev·ər, fɔr-/

for all time, without end:

Nobody lives forever.

Forever can also mean always or frequently:

She was forever late for appointments.
He was forever saying that he’d pay me back, but he never did.

(Definition of “forever” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)