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 (fər-gāv′, fôr-)
Past tense of forgive.


the past tense of forgive



v. -gave, -giv•en, -giv•ing. v.t.
1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, sin, etc.); absolve.
2. to cancel or remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
3. to grant pardon to (a person).
4. to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one's enemies.
5. to pardon an offense or an offender.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English forgiefan]
for•giv′a•ble, adj.
for•giv′er, n.
syn: See excuse.
References in classic literature ?
But that admiring glance (which most other men, perhaps, would have cherished as a sweet recollection all through life) the carpenter never forgave.
Again her admission was so adequate that I continued: "And you forgave him that?
The letter told him his mother was dead, and that, dying, she blest and forgave him.
He sobbed, now, to think he should never, never hear that old familiar sound any more -- it was very hard, but it was forced on him; since he was driven out into the cold world, he must submit -- but he forgave them.
Emma perceived that the nature of his gallantry was a little selfwilled, and that he would rather oppose than lose the pleasure of dancing with her; but she took the compliment, and forgave the rest.
Elinor gloried in his integrity; and Marianne forgave all his offences in compassion for his punishment.
Reader, I forgave him at the moment and on the spot.
Grant my prayer, and pardon my crime, as the best man in the whole world forgave his neighbour who was eaten up with envy of him.
But the good youth forgave them all they had done, and divided his treasures with them.
WHEN Peter got home, his mother forgave him, because she was so glad to see that he had found his shoes and coat.
When I heard that, I forgave the poor wretch all the fear he had inspired in me.
I, for instance, was triumphant over everyone; everyone, of course, was in dust and ashes, and was forced spontaneously to recognise my superiority, and I forgave them all.