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Language: Old English
Origin: forgifan

forgive

verb
     
for‧give S3 past tense forgave, past participle forgiven [intransitive and transitive]
1 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.
you're forgiven spoken (=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).
2

forgive me

spoken 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.
3

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.
4

forgive a debt/loan

formal if a country or organization forgives a debt, it says that the money does not have to be paid back [= write off]:
Saudi Arabia's decision to forgive the debt owed by the poorest Islamic countries

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