Definition of forget in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Fail to remember.

    ‘he had forgotten his lines’
    with clause ‘she had completely forgotten how tired and hungry she was’
    • ‘I'm sure, in retrospect, that it was a case of remembering the hits and forgetting the misses.’
    • ‘Ask me again in two weeks - I'll either have forgotten it completely, or it will behaunting me.’
    • ‘I've now remembered that I've forgotten something else, but I can live without it.’
    • ‘By the time you go back in the afternoon some of these people have completely forgotten the cameras are there.’
    • ‘Soon he forgets the article and remembers only Dominique; he gathers sketches so he can go into the office where she is, but thinks better of it.’
    • ‘I recently picked the thing up again and surprised myself by remembering most of the chords, but completely forgetting their names.’
    • ‘Not being pressed to come up with arguments or evidence to support them, one forgets the arguments and fails to obtain the evidence.’
    • ‘Often blood was drawn but without malice, just an accident, like an actor forgetting his lines because he's trying too hard to remember.’
    • ‘It smelled delicious and made us forget the preceding conversation completely.’
    • ‘The story is an allegory of the Cultural Revolution, and deals with remembering and forgetting the traumatic events of the Maoist era.’
    • ‘Most of the time this meant that she forgot my name and remembered to give her manicurist a lovely tip.’
    • ‘I was in one of my dancing moods and completely forgot his distaste for mustard.’
    • ‘No one who lived through that period can have forgotten it or failed to carry its images in their mind.’
    • ‘Neither are unreliable to the point of forgetting an appointment completely.’
    • ‘Mary has 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and she says she has an awful lot of birthdays to remember but she never forgets any of them.’
    • ‘I am crossing fingers that I won't completely forget everything when it goes live!’
    • ‘I found myself mixing up my lines, or forgetting them completely.’
    • ‘A person either remembers these voices or forgets them.’
    • ‘He blocks shots with abandon - completely forgetting the scary incident a few years back when a puck hit him in the chest, musing him to collapse.’
    • ‘As we listen to his wonderful gab, we should remember what he sometimes forgot or failed to say.’
    fail to remember, fail to recall, fail to think of, let slip
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    1. 1.1 Inadvertently neglect to do, bring, or mention something.
      ‘I forgot my raincoat’
      with infinitive ‘she forgot to lock her door’
      no object ‘I'm sorry, I just forgot’
      • ‘I had just started preparing the hot tube for a bath when I saw I had forgot to bring my toothpaste.’
      • ‘It looks to me like someone on his staff forgot to bring the right suitcase.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention something which happened a couple of days ago.’
      • ‘This works particularly well if your humans have forgotten to bring a plastic bag.’
      • ‘He's not tried to be dishonest, he has just forgotten to mention one thing.’
      • ‘They ran to the trunk and popped it open, to find 2 other bags that they forgot to bring in.’
      • ‘It's also very possible that sometimes Max forgot to bring the records home and they got tossed out.’
      • ‘Ross may simply have forgotten to mention this, but it is the fact that there is no legal penalty that beggars belief.’
      • ‘Somehow they forgot to mention that we share nearly as high a percentage of genes with chimpanzees.’
      • ‘Actually, the drummer was intending to record it and forgot to bring his tape machine.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention that Joy is one of the best blog writers I've come across.’
      • ‘Oh yeah I forgot to mention that I got my University acceptance, final and complete, in the mail today.’
      • ‘In the tumult of today, I forgot to mention my lovely night out yesterday.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention the corporatization and control of the music industry and radio.’
      • ‘I forgot to bring my bathing suit, so I had to wear a pair of Dylan's shorts, and I wore my top.’
      • ‘Amidst my ranting I forgot to mention why I posted the previous blog.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention a conversation I had with Adam while we were watching the Opening Ceremony.’
      • ‘This is something that they forgot to mention right at the start, in the opening meeting.’
      • ‘One nice thing I forgot to mention was the bottle of champagne I won in the raffle.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention when talking about Oscar that he had his 15 minutes of fame.’
      • ‘Pulling the shower curtains away I realized I had forgot to bring in my clothes.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention that LAX is the craziest airport that I have ever visited.’
      • ‘I think I forgot to mention that Saturday my family was supposed to have a little gathering around a barbecue pit.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention earlier that my amazement at the proliferation of wireless networks continues.’
      • ‘John, you also forgot to mention their dastardly plans to bomb women and children in yet more state sponsored terror.’
      • ‘She almost forgot to bring her cell phone at the top of the kitchen counter but luckily she remembered it.’
      • ‘But he forgot to mention the shadow which is naturally cast by any object standing in the light, whether or not it is visible to our eyes.’
      • ‘Kane apparently forgot to mention that he too had been drinking.’
      • ‘I forgot to mention on Wednesday that I'd harvested my first sprouting broccoli.’
      neglect, fail, omit, not remember
      leave behind, omit to take, overlook, lose track of, mislay, misplace, lose
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    2. 1.2 Put out of one's mind; cease to think of or consider.
      ‘forget all this romantic stuff’
      no object ‘for years she had struggled to forget about him’
      • ‘If the Democrats preselect this dud, they can forget about trying to regain credibility.’
      • ‘That's where dishes you can pop in the oven and forget about come in.’
      • ‘When push comes to shove, you just forget about it - it's just not worth the heartache.’
      • ‘A couple of great events are coming up in the next two months to help us forget about all the snow earlier this week.’
      • ‘If you get to 30 and you're single, forget about it, you're one of life's singles.’
      • ‘Anyone in his position would have wanted to completely forget about his escape from the long arm of the law.’
      • ‘And on the other hand I don't want him to call me, because it would be so much easier to forget about him that way.’
      • ‘They're not kidding themselves about their age, but ice hockey lets them forget about it for a couple of hours each week.’
      • ‘He advised people with dogs to forget about exercise in the excessive heat and to make sure there was plenty of shade and cool water.’
      • ‘That crisis of civilizational morale, in turn, helps explain why European man is deliberately forgetting his history.’
      • ‘The view out the front through the large windscreen is good, but forget about seeing the bonnet.’
      • ‘Add the rice and two cups of water, cover the pot, and turn the heat down low enough for you to forget about it for a while.’
      • ‘Either buy the girl her superstructure out of the goodness of your heart or forget about it.’
      • ‘I know there are the people who will say just forget about it, it's not worth it.’
      • ‘Now I can forget about it until early April, when the actual paper itself is due.’
      • ‘We should forget about the Government, forget about the doctor and think about the patient.’
      • ‘Some might hide and forget about it, there are some who might even run from it and try to make a new life, forgetting the past like it never existed.’
      • ‘The players and management can go home and forget about it, we have to live with the trauma of possible relegation every day.’
      • ‘Then you might as well forget about walking to the traffic lights and just jaywalk in the middle of the street.’
      • ‘Now in its eighth year, World Book Day encourages children to forget about technology and to get back to basics.’
      stop thinking about, think no more of, cease to think of, cease to remember, put out of one's mind, shut out, blank out, pay no heed to, not worry about, ignore, overlook, never mind, take no notice of, banish from one's thoughts, put away, get over, set aside, lay aside, pass over, abandon, have done with, drop, disregard, brush off, shrug off
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    3. 1.3forget oneself Stop thinking about one's own problems or feelings.
      ‘he must forget himself in his work’
      • ‘Let her try to forget herself and to think only of God, but gently and simply without any violent effort.’
      • ‘Once when the child was struggling to breathe, the mother, forgetting herself entirely, took the little one into her arms to keep her from choking to death.’
      • ‘His prose is simply beautiful, and frequently forgets itself and takes wing into the poetic, much to our delight.’
      • ‘She always explained that she forgot herself entirely and simply did what had to be done.’
      • ‘His days were full of suffering, but he forgot himself, and only prayed that he might make peace before he died.’
      • ‘I think you ought to stop it, or he'll soon forget himself and start expecting the respect a proper name commands.’
      • ‘He is in a state of disinterested absorption, so far as to forget himself and his earthly needs.’
      • ‘Be determined to fight the battle against pride by considering each day as an opportunity to forget yourself and serve others.’
      • ‘It says, ‘Life satisfaction occurs most often when people are engaged in absorbing activities that cause them to forget themselves, lose track of time, and stop worrying.’’
      • ‘She makes clear that this cocky, pure, maddening, unwise girl forgot herself in a cause greater than herself.’
      • ‘As she puts it, when she's with a customer, she has to forget herself and assume a role.’
      • ‘It seemed as if the time of the day had stopped, and she was glad as she forgot herself as she danced, listening to the music intently.’
      • ‘So she prayed and forgot herself, remembering her Lord, her beloved Siam, her King and her dead family.’
      • ‘But the man who forgets himself and his desires in order to serve the Lord, will find life, that is, a reward in the kingdom.’
      • ‘If you want to remember God, then first learn to forget yourself a little.’
      • ‘The self, like the bumblebee sucking honey from a lotus forgets itself in the ecstasy of being one with the Divine.’
      • ‘Knowledge issues from a ripe mind at the point of its ripeness where it forgets itself and receives an inspiration.’
      • ‘When the film forgot itself and slipped in some witty dialogue or situational comedy, the audience roared in relief.’
      • ‘Eyes that burned into a soul she had bargained away for one brief moment to forget herself in him.’
      • ‘She needed relaxation and fun, an opportunity to forget herself, or find herself, feel like Olivia again.’
      • ‘It's such a visual spectacle that, perhaps for a moment, you do forget yourself.’
      • ‘After 10 long years of workmanlike painting, he decided to forget himself and embrace nature wholeheartedly.’
      • ‘You realise as well how enervating the babble in your own head actually is and how peaceful it's possible to feel when you forget yourself by becoming totally engaged, through the senses, with your surroundings.’
    4. 1.4forget oneself Act improperly or unbecomingly.
      • ‘I think that these people had forgotten themselves.’
      • ‘‘I'm sorry, Your Highness, I forgot myself,’ Brian quickly amended.’
      • ‘Yet she will soon forget herself and mess up if she has not done so already.’
      • ‘Brent elbowed me, fortunately, for I had completely forgotten myself.’
      • ‘‘One silly girl can't make all that difference, Francis,’ Eleanor dismissed, ‘You forget yourself!’’
      • ‘But as the century progressed, this right allowed individuals to protect their personal dignity even when they had temporarily forgotten themselves in moments of indiscretion.’
      • ‘On Thursday night, the president forgot himself.’
      • ‘Temporarily forgetting himself, Cannington was now leaning across the desk staring at Robert King.’
      • ‘Not that we have many guests, mind you, but it doesn't do to forget yourself, does it?’
      • ‘If I forget myself even for a second and let myself down I know there'll be people who'll jump on that.’
      • ‘But today, in an unguarded moment, he forgets himself.’
      • ‘I gave a whoop of joy, and, forgetting myself, hugged my brother.’
      • ‘Indeed, they maintain an impressive dignity when the audience forgets itself and shakes with laughter.’
      • ‘When Joe appears, she forgets herself and jumps to her feet, dropping the blanket and exposing her condition.’
      • ‘For this reason we didn't let any of the other neighborhood kids come along, kids who often forgot themselves, called out, fought over the best pickings, and sometimes stood up visible if they couldn't pay attention or were too anxious.’
      • ‘Greg had forgotten himself, had stepped outside his boundaries, and now he was paying for that.’
      • ‘He is so used to lying that he forgot himself and revealed the truth that the plane was shot down but didn't think about the logical mess he had gotten himself into by mentioning it as if it was part of a terrorist act in itself’
      • ‘I forgot myself and promptly slammed the door in their faces.’
      • ‘They either remember my game playing as a child and avoid the issue or I'm too embarrassed to ask them just in case I forget myself and slam a door when I lose…’
      • ‘As she gets into her job in intelligence, she's forgetting herself and her temper is starting to show through.’
      • ‘For a second you forgot yourself and kissed me back.’
      • ‘With everything going on, she said, I almost forgot myself.’
      • ‘Brian, forgetting himself, retorted, ‘Can you see yourself on the monitor?’’
      • ‘He's getting all the plaudits for walking, but what actually happened was that he forgot himself and started to move.’
      • ‘When I realized just how close we were getting, or, I guess, when I completely forgot myself and almost kissed you, I freaked out.’
      • ‘And as though she had forgotten herself, she quickly amended, ‘I mean… you know how it is… with big brothers.’’
      • ‘Affronted and forgetting myself I replied coldly, ‘What about you?’’
      • ‘Moments later, she forgot herself for a second and said she had to go and use the potty.’
      • ‘She straightened and glanced at him from the corner of her eye in controlled disdain like she'd seen Rachel do when a suitor forgot himself with her.’
      • ‘So if you momentarily forget yourself and somehow fail to legitimately acquire rights, don't worry, because they can vape that inauthentic content instantly, and you'll be clean again.’
      act improperly, misbehave, do wrong, go wrong, behave badly, be misbehaved, misconduct oneself, be bad, be naughty, get up to mischief, get up to no good, act up, cause someone trouble, give someone trouble
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  • forget it

    • 1Said when insisting to someone that there is no need for apology or thanks.

    • 2Said when telling someone that their idea or aspiration is impracticable.

      • ‘As for the possibility of anyone having a view that represents a blend of the obligatory sets of ideas, forget it!’
      • ‘As for nerdy engines powered by Linux, forget it.’
  • not forgetting —

    • (at the end of a list) and also —

      ‘we depend on them for food and shelter and clothing, not forgetting heat in the wintertime’
      • ‘You're taught about everything from nutrition, rice cooking, and knife skills, to the many varieties of sushi - not forgetting presentation.’
      • ‘The designers seek inspiration from the 1940s and the 1960s, not forgetting the 1980s revival.’
      • ‘Guests travelled from Ireland, Wales, Kent, London and San Lucia, not forgetting some long standing friends in Monserret.’
      • ‘Since then his life has been hectic, after adjusting to the climate, the culture and not forgetting the old enemy, the mosquito, a fellow that shows no mercy.’
      • ‘It would help considerably if parents ensure that the owners name appears somewhere on all items of clothing, not forgetting footballs.’
      • ‘The Trust has a range of other projects in the pipeline, large and small, that will benefit all sectors of the community, not forgetting the older members who are so often overlooked.’
      • ‘We now have two home games in the next two weeks, which means points must be gained properly from good quality cricket, batting, bowling and not forgetting fielding.’
      • ‘An example of this is the school celebrating religious festivals such as the Hindu Diwali and the Muslim Eid, not forgetting Christmas.’
      • ‘The heat and not forgetting the stress was mounting upon Sarah and it was beginning to show…’
      • ‘Scottish Friends of Palestine, one of the organisers of the protest against the event, is proud to have Jewish founding members, not forgetting existing members.’


Old English forgietan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vergeten and German vergessen, and ultimately to for- and get.