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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 ?
Willoughby, he, whom only half an hour ago she had abhorred as the most worthless of men, Willoughby, in spite of all his faults, excited a degree of commiseration for the sufferings produced by them, which made her think of him as now separated for ever from her family, with a tenderness, a regret, rather in proportion, as she soon acknowledged within herself--to his wishes than to his merits.
The few words that I have to add to what I have written are soon penned; then I and the unknown friend to whom I write will part for ever. Not without much dear remembrance on my side.
Did he see any faint reflection of his own image making a vain-glorious will, whereby five-and-twenty Humbugs, past five-and-fifty years of age, each taking upon himself the name, Josiah Bounderby of Coketown, should for ever dine in Bounderby Hall, for ever lodge in Bounderby buildings, for ever attend a Bounderby chapel, for ever go to sleep under a Bounderby chaplain, for ever be supported out of a Bounderby estate, and for ever nauseate all healthy stomachs, with a vast amount of Bounderby balderdash and bluster?