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a prefix meaning “away,” “off,” “to the uttermost,” “extremely,” “wrongly,” or imparting a negative or privative force, occurring in verbs and nouns formed from verbs of Old or Middle English origin, many of which are now obsolete or archaic: forbid; forbear; forswear; forbearance.

Origin:
Middle English, Old English; compare German ver-, Greek peri-, Latin per-

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prefix
1.  indicating rejection or prohibition: forbear; forbid
2.  indicating falsity or wrongness: forswear
3.  used to give intensive force: forgive; forlorn
 
[Old English for-; related to German ver-, Latin per-, Greek peri-]

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