Definition of forever in US English:



  • 1For all future time; for always.

    ‘she would love him forever’
    • ‘It will never be over in my heart though because she will always be there, forever and ever.’
    • ‘In that one instant my previous typical young bloke sense of immortality disappeared forever.’
    • ‘This thing can never be forsaken; keep this always and forever in your mind.’
    • ‘They're not going to disappear forever, I like them, but I will be treating them with respect in the future.’
    • ‘Boy is called urgently to obscure Greek Island, where it seems girl has disappeared forever into the realm of dreams.’
    • ‘I have a vegan friend, and if I could find her a cheesecake substitute, she would love me forever.’
    • ‘First, of course, is the kind of love we all long for, the love that endures forever.’
    • ‘Realising what it meant, he turned his ship round and disappeared forever.’
    • ‘I have loved her for along time, and I will continue to love her forever and for always!’
    • ‘But one alarm clock, boom of thunder, or shout in the street later and your one true love is gone forever.’
    • ‘Sadly, like the line from a disco song, this everlasting love couldn't last forever.’
    • ‘At what killing researching point do whales really truly scientifically begin to disappear forever?’
    • ‘Motherhood certainly changes you forever but not always in obvious or particularly visible ways.’
    • ‘Five months after the visitation, all the witnesses disappear forever.’
    • ‘For anyone reading this who has had to have a baby adopted for any reason, be assured that they will think of you always and forever.’
    • ‘When seamless stockings were developed it changed the future of ladies hosiery forever.’
    • ‘These new parents said they would be there forever and always but so did his birth mom.’
    • ‘It must have existed at some point, but now it's vanished, gone, disappeared, forever.’
    • ‘In the face of systemic or structural inadequacy, war cannot be avoided forever and is always just around the corner.’
    • ‘So we have to say something as we stand up there and pledge under oath to love each other forever.’
    for ever, for all time, for ever and ever, for always, once and for all, for good, for good and all, permanently, in perpetuity
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    1. 1.1 A very long time (used hyperbolically)
      ‘it took forever to get a passport’
      • ‘It's such a long name that you have to wait around forever for them to be done saying it.’
      • ‘We talked for what seemed like forever, we always seemed to have plenty to talk about.’
      • ‘The bishop, Father, Henry and the others were moving towards him, taking forever to arrive.’
      • ‘I lay there for what seemed like forever before I could breathe, let alone move.’
      • ‘Well, Larry, in my experience as a fed, it takes the feds forever to move on anything.’
      • ‘It took forever for her to realize I had moved on and I considered her a thing of the past.’
      • ‘Rejas finds himself drawn to her, but takes forever making a move, not that anything can come of it, of course.’
      • ‘The sound continued for what felt like forever, then abruptly stopped, the silence overwhelming her.’
      • ‘So I stood feeling annoyed and slightly helpless as the pause that now felt like forever continued to stretch on in front of me.’
      • ‘For what seemed like forever, neither of them moved a muscle or their gaze from one another.’
      • ‘His muscles began to ache again as he continued doing this for what seemed like forever.’
      • ‘I had decided to put my hair in a bun with curls, and my hair usually takes forever to get just right.’
      for always, evermore, for ever and ever, for good, for good and all, for all time, until the end of time, eternally, undyingly, perpetually, in perpetuity
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    2. 1.2 Used in slogans of support after the name of something or someone.
      ‘Elvis Forever!’
  • 2Continually.

    ‘she was forever pushing her hair out of her eyes’
    • ‘He took a deep breath and said a quick prayer for courage, then he moved on with his life, a life that would forever seem empty and pointless.’
    • ‘He lived like a man forever falling in love with his wife and child and family.’
    • ‘Twombly's brush and pencil are always moving, his fingers forever in the paint.’
    • ‘You cannot expect him to continue playing forever like he used to when was 25.’
    • ‘For those forever on the move nothing is quite as appealing as a tailback on the M8.’
    • ‘Sophie has long brown hair that is forever getting in her face while she paints.’
    • ‘I was forever tugging at my clothes or moving to the back row when we lined up for photographs.’
    • ‘She needs constant care and it is not fair that she is forever on the move.’
    • ‘She ran into the dense wood trying to hide but he was always there, forever catching up to her.’
    • ‘Lisa noted the way his light brown hair fell over his forehead and the way he was forever pushing it back.’
    • ‘We were not thinking about turning ourselves into geriatric backpackers, forever on the move.’
    • ‘These people always spend the effort to look at me and forever love whatever I wear.’
    • ‘A team from the State is forever on the move, reaching out to the people and inviting them over.’
    continually, continuously, constantly, perpetually, incessantly, endlessly, persistently, repeatedly, regularly
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  • attributive Lasting or permanent.

    ‘these puppies need a forever home’
    ‘parenting is a forever job’
    • ‘When I adopted them, I promised them a forever home.’
    • ‘The other part of me realizes that I'm young and I shouldn't be rushing into a forever relationship right now.’
    • ‘Best Friends provides a loving home for many special-needs animals that will never find a forever family.’
    • ‘Tons of girls tell us that, in today's competitive world, talents like hitting homeruns, cracking hilarious jokes, playing a mean flute or being a forever friend just don't cut it anymore.’
    • ‘We bought our house as our forever home.’
    • ‘But does it have to be a forever love?’
    • ‘I cannot wait for you guys to be a forever family.’
    • ‘Now, let's see if we can find this sweet little guy a forever home.’
    • ‘If you find yourself in the position of being able to provide a forever loving home for a new pet, please contact your area shelters and rescue organizations.’
    • ‘They want a forever family like any child.’
    • ‘This is a forever commitment and we are very fortunate to have green-minded residents here.’
    • ‘Too many people get a Boxer for the wrong reasons and thankfully there are rescue organizations to take these dogs into their homes and provide care until a forever family can be found.’
    • ‘No cat should be forgotten, especially those without a family or a forever home.’
    • ‘Are you ready for a forever relationship?’
    • ‘My boyfriend told me that the reason he has not proposed yet is because he wants to be set in a stable, forever job.’