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