forget - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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present tense
present participleforgetting
past tenseforgot
past participleforgotten
  1. 1
    to be unable to remember a fact or piece of information

    I’ve forgotten her phone number.

    forget how/why/where/when etc:

    She always forgets where her car is parked.

    We first met at university, I forget when exactly.

    forget about:

    Did you forget about our agreement?

    forget (that):

    I’d forgotten that you’d already given me the money.

    never forget something:

    I’ll never forget the look of disappointment on her face.

  2. 2
    to not remember to do something that you intended to do

    Phil should be here by now. Do you think he’s forgotten?

    I nearly forgot to invite Josie.

    I keep forgetting to take my tablets.

    forget about:

    She had forgotten all about posting the letter.

    forget (that):

    I completely forgot that I promised to come and see you!

    forget to do something:

    Don’t forget to lock the door when you leave.

  3. 3
    to not take something with you when you should have
    forget about:

    I remembered everything else but I forgot about the beach towels.

  4. 4
    to stop thinking, worrying, or caring about something or someone
    forget about:

    Try to forget about him.

    forget that:

    People tend to forget that the rights we enjoy now were won through a great struggle.

    be best forgotten:

    I think last night’s argument is best forgotten, don’t you?

  5. 5
    to stop planning to do something because you realize that it will not be possible

    I think we can forget the idea of a holiday this year.

    forget about:

    We may have to forget about getting a new car.