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definition of the word forgive

by the Wiktionnary

Old English forġiefan, corresponding to for- + give. Cognate with Dutch vergeven, German vergeben.

Infinitive
to forgive

Third person singular
forgives

Simple past
forgave

Past participle
forgiven

Present participle
forgiving

to forgive (third-person singular simple present forgives, present participle forgiving, simple past forgave, past participle forgiven)

  1. (transitive) To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment.
    Only the brave know how to forgive...A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. - Laurence Sterne
  2. (intransitive) To accord forgiveness.

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