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verb [transitive] forgive pronunciation in American English /fərˈɡɪv/
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present tense
present participleforgiving
past tenseforgave
past participleforgiven
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  1. 1
    to decide that you will not be angry with someone who has offended, upset, or harmed you
    His children have never fully forgiven him.
    forgive someone for doing something: She eventually forgave him for forgetting her birthday.
    forgive yourself: John has never forgiven himself for the accident.
    forgive someone something: They’re nice boys, so we tend to forgive them their occasional bad behavior.



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