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verb [transitive] forgive pronunciation in British English /fə(r)ˈɡɪv/
Word Forms
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 behaviour.

  2. 2
    economics if a country or bank forgives a debt, they decide that the debt does not have to be paid back


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