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 (fôr-ĕv′ər, fər-)
1. For everlasting time; eternally: No one can live forever.
2. At all times; incessantly: was forever complaining about the job.
A seemingly very long time: It has taken forever to resolve these problems.


(fɔːˈrɛvə; fə-)
1. Also: for ever without end; everlastingly; eternally
2. at all times; incessantly
3. informal for a very long time: he went on speaking forever.
4. (as object) informal a very long time: it took him forever to reply.
5. …forever! an exclamation expressing support or loyalty: Scotland forever!.
Usage: Forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is without end. For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form


(fɔrˈɛv ər, fər-)

1. without ever ending; eternally: to last forever.
2. continually; incessantly; always: forever complaining.
3. a seemingly endless period of time.


Something that will last or continue forever will always last or continue.

She would remember his name forever.
They thought that their empire would last forever.

Something that has gone forever has gone and will never reappear.

This innocence is lost forever.
They will vanish forever into the grey twilight.

For the above two meanings, you can use the alternative spelling for ever in British English.

My fate had been sealed for ever.
We'll be married soon and then these lonesome nights will be over for ever.

Other words and expressions can be used to say how long something lasts.

If you say that someone is forever doing something, you mean that they do it very often.

Babbage was forever spotting errors in their calculations.

For this meaning, the only acceptable spelling is forever.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.forever - for a limitless time; "no one can live forever"; "brightly beams our Father's mercy from his lighthouse evermore"- P.P.Bliss
2.forever - for a very long or seemingly endless time; "she took forever to write the paper"; "we had to wait forever and a day"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
3.forever - without interruption; "the world is constantly changing"


1. evermore, always, ever, for good, for keeps, for all time, in perpetuity, for good and all (informal), till the cows come home (informal), world without end, till the end of time, till Doomsday We will live together forever.
2. constantly, always, all the time, continually, endlessly, persistently, eternally, perpetually, incessantly, interminably, unremittingly, everlastingly He was forever attempting to arrange deals.
Usage: Forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is without end. For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form.
for altid
för alltid
mãi mãi


[fərˈevəʳ] ADV
1. (= eternally) → para siempre
he's gone foreverse ha ido para siempre
2. (= incessantly, repeatedly) → constantemente
she's forever complainingse queja constantemente, siempre se está quejando
see also ever 1


[fəˈrɛvər] adv
(= once and for all) → à jamais
He's gone forever → Il est parti à jamais.
to have gone forever (= be at an end) → être définitivement fini(e)
It has gone forever → C'est définitivement fini.
(= always) → toujours
She's forever complaining → Elle est toujours en train de se plaindre.
It will last forever → Cela durera toujours.


(= eternally) live, last, be gratefulewig; remember, go onimmer; she is forever watchfulsie ist ewig wachsam; Scotland forever!ein Hoch auf Schottland!
(= irrevocably) go, disappear, changeunwiderruflich; the old social order was gone foreverdas alte Gesellschaftssystem war für immer verschwunden
(inf: = ages) it takes foreveres dauert ewig (inf); these old slate roofs go on or last foreverdiese alten Schieferdächer halten ewig
(inf: = constantly) to be forever doing something(an)dauernd or ständig etw tun


[fərˈɛvəʳ] adv (eternally) → per sempre, eternamente; (for good) → per sempre (fam) (incessantly, repeatedly) → sempre, di continuo; (for ages) it lasted foreverè durato un'eternità
it'll take forever → ci vorrà una vita


إلَى الأَبَد navždy for altid immer παντοτινά para siempre ikuisesti toujours zauvijek per sempre 永久に 영원히 voorgoed for alltid na zawsze eternamente всегда för alltid ตลอดไป ebediyen mãi mãi 永远


adv. siempre, para siempre, por siempre.


adv para siempre; Herpes is forever..El herpes es para siempre.
References in classic literature ?
When she was a baby, Jo had accidently dropped her into the coal hod, and Amy insisted that the fall had ruined her nose forever.
Wing Biddlebaum, forever frightened and beset by a ghostly band of doubts, did not think of himself as in any way a part of the life of the town where he had lived for twenty years.
All the inhabitants were killed, and trace of the ancient city was lost forever.
Usually I had learned next day's lessons by the time I left the school building, and I couldn't sit still and read forever.
I could see only the stretch of green before me, and I felt as if I must walk on forever, without coming to the end of it.
The blood of chiefs is in my veins, where it must stay forever.
In the solitude of night, with the hum of the great city rising below her-- at times even in theatres or crowded assemblies of men and women-- she forgot herself, and again stood in the weird brilliancy of that moonlight night in mute worship at the foot of that slowly-rising mystic altar of piled terraces, hanging forests, and lifted plateaus that climbed forever to the lonely skies.
He had that sense, or inward prophecy, --which a young man had better never have been born than not to have, and a mature man had better die at once than utterly to relinquish,--that we are not doomed to creep on forever in the old bad way, but that, this very now, there are the harbingers abroad of a golden era, to be accomplished in his own lifetime.
The great scene of grief, in which the wild infant bore a part had developed all her sympathies; and as her tears fell upon her father's cheek, they were the pledge that she would grow up amid human joy and sorrow, nor forever do battle with the world, but be a woman in it.
A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, Forever flushing round a summer sky.
They healed in time, and they forgot the pain, but the nice soft flap, that of course was intended to protect the delicate part of their ears from dust and injury, was gone forever.
He in turn has clasped his arms tightly around her, as if he would carry her away; and so she dances, and will dance the entire evening, and would dance forever, in ecstasy of bliss.