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forgive

for·give

forgive

 
 
pronunciation:
fr gIv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: forgives, forgiving, forgave, forgiven
definition 1: to excuse or pardon (an offense or offender).
Can society forgive these crimes?I can sometimes forgive lying, but I cannot forgive cheating.She loved her father, but she could not forgive his being unfaithful to her mother.He hoped his wife could forgive him for what he did.They pray that God may forgive them their sins.
synonyms:
excuse, overlook, pardon
similar words:
absolve, amnesty, condone, exculpate, exonerate, let off, make allowance for, remit, reprieve, shrive
definition 2: to relinquish anger or resentment against.
Years went by, but she could not forgive him for breaking her heart.
antonyms:
resent
similar words:
absolve, bury, pardon
definition 3: to absolve from any claim on account of.
The credit card company partially forgave the debt.
antonyms:
punish
similar words:
absolve, acquit, cancel, disregard, ignore, nullify, overlook, release from, remit, void
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to excuse or pardon wrongdoing or one who is guilty of wrongdoing; grant forgiveness.
Do you have it in your heart to forgive?
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derivations: forgivable (adj.), forgiver (n.)
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