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 (fər-gĕt′, fôr-)
v. for·got (-gŏt′), for·got·ten (-gŏt′n) or for·got, for·get·ting, for·gets
1. To be unable to remember (something).
2. To treat with thoughtless inattention; neglect: forget one's family.
3. To leave behind unintentionally.
4. To fail to mention.
a. To banish from one's thoughts: forget a disgrace.
b. Informal To disregard on purpose. Usually used in the imperative: Oh, forget it. I refuse to go!
1. To cease remembering: Let's forgive and forget.
2. To fail or neglect to become aware at the proper or specified moment: forgot about my dental appointment.
forget (oneself)
To lose one's reserve, temper, or self-restraint.

[Middle English forgeten, from Old English forgietan; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

for·get′ter n.
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vb, -gets, -getting or -got, -gotten or archaic dialect -got
1. (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to fail to recall (someone or something once known); be unable to remember
2. (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to neglect, usually as the result of an unintentional error
3. (tr) to leave behind by mistake
4. (tr) to disregard intentionally
5. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to fail to mention
6. forget oneself
a. to act in an improper manner
b. to be unselfish
c. to be deep in thought
7. forget it! an exclamation of annoyed or forgiving dismissal of a matter or topic
[Old English forgietan; related to Old Frisian forgeta, Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan]
forˈgettable adj
forˈgetter n
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v. -got, got•ten -got, -get•ting. v.t.
1. to cease to remember; be unable to recall: to forget a name.
2. to omit or neglect unintentionally: I forgot to lock the gate.
3. to leave behind unintentionally: to forget one's keys.
4. to fail to think of; take no note of (often used imperatively): Forget cooking, let's eat out tonight.
5. to neglect willfully or carelessly; disregard or slight.
6. to cease or omit to think of something.
forget oneself, to say or do something improper.
[before 900; Middle English forgeten, foryeten, Old English forg(i)etan; c. Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan; see for-, get]
for•get′ta•ble, adj.
for•get′ter, n.
usage: Both forgot and forgotten are used as the past participle: Many have already forgot (or forgotten) the war. Only forgotten is used attributively: half-forgotten memories.
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1. 'forget'

The past tense of forget is forgot. The -ed participle is forgotten.

If you forget something, or forget about something, you stop thinking about it.

Alan, having forgotten his fear, became more confident.
Tim forgot about his problems for a few hours.

If you have forgotten something that you knew, you can no longer remember it.

I have forgotten where it is.
...a Grand Duke whose name I have forgotten.

If you forget something such as a key or an umbrella, you do not remember to take it with you when you go somewhere.

Sorry to disturb you – I forgot my key.

Be Careful!
Don't use the verb 'forget' to say that you have put something somewhere and left it there. Instead you use the verb leave.

I left my bag on the bus.
2. 'forget to'

If you forget to do something that you had intended to do, you do not do it because you do not remember it at the right time.

She forgot to lock her door one day and two men got in.
Don't forget to call Dad.

Be Careful!
Don't use an -ing form. Don't say, for example, 'She forgot locking her door'.

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Past participle: forgotten
Gerund: forgetting

I forget
you forget
he/she/it forgets
we forget
you forget
they forget
I forgot
you forgot
he/she/it forgot
we forgot
you forgot
they forgot
Present Continuous
I am forgetting
you are forgetting
he/she/it is forgetting
we are forgetting
you are forgetting
they are forgetting
Present Perfect
I have forgotten
you have forgotten
he/she/it has forgotten
we have forgotten
you have forgotten
they have forgotten
Past Continuous
I was forgetting
you were forgetting
he/she/it was forgetting
we were forgetting
you were forgetting
they were forgetting
Past Perfect
I had forgotten
you had forgotten
he/she/it had forgotten
we had forgotten
you had forgotten
they had forgotten
I will forget
you will forget
he/she/it will forget
we will forget
you will forget
they will forget
Future Perfect
I will have forgotten
you will have forgotten
he/she/it will have forgotten
we will have forgotten
you will have forgotten
they will have forgotten
Future Continuous
I will be forgetting
you will be forgetting
he/she/it will be forgetting
we will be forgetting
you will be forgetting
they will be forgetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been forgetting
you have been forgetting
he/she/it has been forgetting
we have been forgetting
you have been forgetting
they have been forgetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been forgetting
you will have been forgetting
he/she/it will have been forgetting
we will have been forgetting
you will have been forgetting
they will have been forgetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been forgetting
you had been forgetting
he/she/it had been forgetting
we had been forgetting
you had been forgetting
they had been forgetting
I would forget
you would forget
he/she/it would forget
we would forget
you would forget
they would forget
Past Conditional
I would have forgotten
you would have forgotten
he/she/it would have forgotten
we would have forgotten
you would have forgotten
they would have forgotten
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.forget - dismiss from the mind; stop remembering; "I tried to bury these unpleasant memories"
unlearn - try to forget; put out of one's memory or knowledge
repress, suppress - put out of one's consciousness
think of, remember - keep in mind for attention or consideration; "Remember the Alamo"; "Remember to call your mother every day!"; "Think of the starving children in India!"
2.forget - be unable to rememberforget - be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
slip one's mind, slip - pass out of one's memory
recall, recollect, remember, call back, call up, retrieve, think - recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection; "I can't remember saying any such thing"; "I can't think what her last name was"; "can you remember her phone number?"; "Do you remember that he once loved you?"; "call up memories"
3.forget - forget to do something; "Don't forget to call the chairman of the board to the meeting!"
neglect, omit, leave out, pretermit, overleap, overlook, miss, drop - leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
bear in mind, mind - keep in mind
4.forget - leave behind unintentionally; "I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant"; "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"
leave - go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness; "She left a mess when she moved out"; "His good luck finally left him"; "her husband left her after 20 years of marriage"; "she wept thinking she had been left behind"
lose - miss from one's possessions; lose sight of; "I've lost my glasses again!"
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1. fail to remember, not remember, not recollect, let slip from the memory, fail to bring to mind She forgot where she left the car.
fail to remember mind, remember, recall, retain, recollect, bring to mind
2. neglect, overlook, omit, not remember, be remiss, fail to remember Don't forget that all dogs need a supply of water.
3. leave behind, lose, lose sight of, mislay I forgot my passport.
4. dismiss from your mind, ignore, overlook, stop thinking about, let bygones be bygones, consign to oblivion, put out of your mind I can't forget what happened today.
forget yourself misbehave, behave badly, act up (informal), get up to mischief (informal), carry on (informal), be bad, muck about (Brit. slang), be insubordinate He was so fascinated by her beauty that he forgot himself.
"An elephant never forgets"
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To fail to remember:
Informal: disremember.
Idiom: draw a blank.
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[fəˈget] (forgot (pt) (forgotten (pp)))
A. VTolvidar, olvidarse de
to forget to do stholvidarse de hacer algo
I forgot to close the windowme olvidé de or se me olvidó cerrar la ventana
I forgot to tell you whyse me olvidó decirte por qué
we shouldn't forget thatno debemos olvidar que ...
never to be forgotteninolvidable
forget it! (= don't worry) → ¡no te preocupes!, ¡no importa!; (= you're welcome) → de nada, no hay de qué; (= no way) → ¡ni hablar!, ¡ni se te ocurra!
and don't you forget it!¡y que no se te olvide esto!
to forget o.s (= lose self-control) → pasarse, propasarse
B. VI (gen) → olvidar; (= have a bad memory) → tener mala memoria
I forgetno recuerdo, me he olvidado
but I forgotpero se me olvidó
I'm sorry, I'd completely forgotten!¡lo siento, se me había olvidado por completo!
I forgot all about itse me olvidó por completo
if there's no money, you can forget (all) about the new carsi no hay dinero, puedes olvidarte del nuevo coche
let's forget about it! (in annoyance) → ¡olvidémoslo!, ¡basta!; (in forgiveness) → más vale olvidarlo
You can use olvidar in 3 ways when translating to forget: olvidar, olvidarse de or the impersonal olvidársele algo a alguien.
 When forgetting is accidental, the impersonal construction with se me, se le, is the commonest option - it emphasizes the involuntary aspect. Here, the object of forget becomes the subject of olvidar:
I forgot Se me olvidó I've forgotten what you said this morning Se me ha olvidado lo que dijiste esta mañana He forgot his briefcase Se le olvidó el maletín
NOTE Olvidarse de and olvidar would be more formal alternatives:
 In other contexts, use either olvidarse de or olvidar.
Have you forgotten what you promised me? ¿Te has olvidado de or Has olvidado lo que me prometiste? In the end he managed to forget her Al final consiguió olvidarse de ella or consiguió olvidarla Don't forget me No te olvides de mí, No me olvides
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[fərˈgɛt] [forgot] [fərˈgɒt] (pt) [forgotten] [fərˈgɒtən] (pp)
I've forgotten his name → J'ai oublié son nom.
She's forgotten where she left the car → Elle ne sait plus où elle a laissé la voiture.
to forget to do sth → oublier de faire qch
to forget how to do sth → ne plus savoir faire qch
to forget that ... → oublier que ...
to forget o.s. → se laisser aller
forget it! (= don't worry) → ce n'est rien! (= don't bother) → laisse tomber! (= no way) → n'y compte pas!
not forgetting → sans oublier
I'm sorry, I completely forgot! → Je suis désolé, j'ai complètement oublié!
to forget about sb/sth → oublier qn/qch
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pret <forgot>, ptp <forgotten>
vtvergessen; ability, languageverlernen; never to be forgottenunvergesslich, unvergessen; and don’t you forget it!und dass du das ja nicht vergisst!; he never lets you forget it eitherer sorgt dafür, dass du auch immer daran denkst; to forget to do somethingvergessen, etw zu tun; I was forgetting you knew himich habe ganz vergessen, dass Sie ihn kennen; I forget his namesein Name ist mir entfallen; I forget what I wanted to sayes ist mir entfallen, was ich sagen wollte; to forget one’s differencesseine Meinungsverschiedenheiten ruhen lassen; not forgetting …nicht zu vergessen; forget it!schon gut!; you might as well forget it (inf)das kannst du vergessen (inf)
vies vergessen; don’t forget!vergiss (es) nicht!; I never forgetich vergesse nie etwas; where has he gone? — I forgetwo ist er hingegangen? — ich habe es vergessen or es ist mir entfallen; she drinks to forgetsie trinkt, um zu vergessen
vr (= behave improperly)sich vergessen, aus der Rolle fallen; (= act unselfishly)sich selbst vergessen
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[fəˈgɛt] (forgot (pt) (forgotten (pp)))
1. vtdimenticare
to forget to do sth → dimenticare di fare qc
to forget how to do sth → dimenticare come si fa qc
she never forgets a face → è molto fisionomista
never to be forgotten → indimenticabile
forget it! (fam) → lascia perdere!
to forget o.s. (lose self-control) → perdere la testa
2. vidimenticarsi, scordarsi
I've forgotten all about it → me ne sono completamente dimenticato
let's forget about it! → non ne parliamo più!
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(fəˈget) past tense forgot (fəˈgot) : past participle forgotten (fəˈgotn) verb
1. to fail to remember. He has forgotten my name.
2. to leave behind accidentally. She has forgotten her handbag.
3. to lose control of (oneself), act in an undignified manner. She forgot herself and criticized her boss during the company party.
forˈgetful adjective
often forgetting. She is a very forgetful person.
forˈgetfully adverb
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يَنْسَى zapomenout glemme vergessen ξεχνώ olvidar unohtaa oublier zaboraviti dimenticare 忘れる 잊다 vergeten glemme zapomnieć esquecer забывать glömma ลืม unutmak quên 忘记
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vi. olvidar; olvidarse de;
___ itolvídese, olvídate de eso; no se preocupe, no te preocupes.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


vt, vi (pret -got; pp -gotten; ger -getting) olvidar
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References in classic literature ?
Well, the Farmer thought it best to make it up with the Serpent, and brought food and honey to the mouth of its lair, and said to it: "Let's forget and forgive; perhaps you were right to punish my son, and take vengeance on my cattle, but surely I was right in trying to revenge him; now that we are both satisfied why should not we be friends again?"
Yet, for God's sake, forget none of my commissions.
"It wouldn't be a bad way to forget our troubles," suggested Uncle Henry.
I should not have encouraged her to do so, had she been inclined; but happily she was not: she only asked a few questions concerning you, and seemed satisfied with my brief answers, wherein she showed herself wiser than her friend; and I may tell you, too, that she seemed to be far more anxious lest you should think too much of her, than lest you should forget her.'
I am trying to recover my spirits -- I am trying to forget the poor deluded girl who was foolish enough to be fond of Frank in the old days at Combe-Raven.
"I wish I could forget what God looks like," sighed Sara Ray.
In the early days of his marriage it had seemed strange to him that his wife should expect him not to forget to procure all the things he undertook to buy, and he had been taken aback by her serious annoyance when on his first trip he forgot everything.
"But you'll go away soon, and go to school, Maggie," said Philip, "and then you'll forget all about me, and not care for me any more.
For since the '45 the English had done everything to make the Highlanders forget their old language and customs.
He went off dancing through the house, and they all cried "Hoop la!" and danced after him, searching for the drawing-room; and I forget whether they found it, but at any rate they found corners, and they all fitted in.
You'll have to get Matthew and Jerry their supper, so mind you don't forget to put the tea to draw until you sit down at the table as you did last time."
Let us forget. Oh, Father Time, lift with your kindly hands those bitter memories from off our overburdened hearts, for griefs are ever coming to us with the coming hours, and our little strength is only as the day.