How to use
intransitive and transitive
to stop being angry with someone and stop blaming them, although they have done something wrong
forgive somebody for (doing) something
I've tried to forgive him for what he said.
He never forgave her for walking out on him.
forgive myself/yourself etc
If anything happened to the kids
I'd never forgive myself
used to tell someone that you are not angry with them
'I'm really sorry.' 'It's okay, you're forgiven.'
forgive somebody something
God forgives us our sins.
He didn't look the sort of man to
forgive and forget
forgive someone and no longer think about it
used when you are going to say or do something that might seem rude or offensive and you want it to seem more polite
Forgive me, but
I don't think that is relevant.
forgive me for asking/saying etc something
forgive my asking/saying etc
Forgive me for saying so
, but that's nonsense.
Forgive my phoning you so late.
somebody can be forgiven for thinking/believing/feeling etc something
used to say that it is easy to understand why someone might think or do something
You could be forgiven for thinking football is a religion here.
forgive a debt/loan
if a country or organization forgives a debt, it says that the money does not have to be paid back
Saudi Arabia's decision to forgive the debt owed by the poorest Islamic countries
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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