for‧get S1 W1 past tense forgot, past participle forgotten
to not remember facts, information, or people or things from the past:
facts/information[intransitive and transitive]
I'm sorry, I've forgotten your name.
I know you told me, but I forgot.
What happened that day will never be forgotten.
Karl says he forgot about our date.
She forgot all about their anniversary.
I forgot that there's a speed limit here.
forget how/what/when/why etc
How can you forget where you've parked the car?
He's someone who never forgets a face (=forgets who someone is).
I was forgetting ... (=said when you have just remembered or been reminded about something) spoken:
Oh yes, I was forgetting she was pregnant.
to not remember to do something that you should do:
something you must do[intransitive and transitive]
'Did you remember to post that letter?' 'Oh, sorry, I forgot.'
Give me your phone number before I forget (=forget to get it).
forget to do something
Someone's forgotten to turn off their headlights.
clean forget American English (=completely forget)
He meant to invite Monica, but he clean forgot.
to not remember to bring something that you need with you
leave something somewhere[transitive]
forget your keys/money/cigarettes etc
Oh no, I've forgotten my wallet.
to stop thinking or worrying about someone or something:
stop thinking about[intransitive and transitive]
Forget him, he's not worth it.
At my age, I think I can forget fashion.
After a while you'll forget you're wearing contact lenses.
I'll never be able to forget about the accident.
to not care about or give attention to someone or something any longer
not care about[intransitive and transitive]
Don't forget about your old friends when you go off to college, okay?
You can't afford to forget your relationship with your husband.
to stop planning to do something because it is no longer possible or sensible
stop a plan[intransitive and transitive]
We'll have to forget about going on holiday.
If we can't get any funding we might as well forget the whole thing.
7 British English
used to add something to a list of things you have mentioned:
You'll have to pay for the packaging and transportation costs, not forgetting airport taxes.
to do something stupid or embarrassing, especially by losing control of your emotions:
Lisa forgot herself and reached out to touch his knee.
b) British English
to become so involved in something that you do not think about or notice anything else [= lose yourself]
forget yourself in something
Often he would forget himself in his work for hours.
used to remind someone to do something:
We need bread, milk, and eggs - don't forget.
don't forget to do something
Don't forget to lock up when you leave.
used to remind someone about an important fact or detail that they should consider
don't forget (that)
But don't forget that you have to pay interest on the loan.
Don't forget, I'll be home late tonight..
used to remind someone to take something with them:
Don't forget your sandwiches.
10 spoken spoken
used to tell someone that something is not important and they do not need to worry about it:
'Sorry I didn't phone.' 'Forget it.'
used to tell someone to stop asking or talking about something, because it is annoying you:
I'm not coming with you, so forget it.
c) also forget that! American English
used to tell someone that you refuse to do something or that it will be impossible to do something:
'Can you lend me $10.' 'Forget it, no way.'
If you're thinking of getting Roy to help, you can forget it!
used when someone asks you what you just said and you do not want to repeat it:
'What did you say?' ' Nothing, just forget it.'
used to say that you will always remember something from the past, because it was sad, funny, enjoyable etc:
I'll never forget the look on his face when he opened the door.
used to remind someone about something, often humorously:
Aren't you forgetting that you're already married?
used to say that you cannot remember a particular detail about something
I forget what/where/how etc
I forget what he said exactly but it was very rude.
I forget the name/details etc
I forget the name of the street, but it's the first on the left.
used to remind someone angrily about an important fact that should make them behave differently:
I'm the boss around here, and don't you forget it!