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forever

[fawr-ev-er, fer-] /fɔrˈɛv ər, fər-/
adverb
1.
without ever ending; eternally:
to last forever.
2.
continually; incessantly; always:
He's forever complaining.
noun
3.
an endless or seemingly endless period of time:
It took them forever to make up their minds.
Idioms
4.
forever and a day, eternally; always:
They pledged to love each other forever and a day.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; orig. phrase for ever
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Examples from the web for forever
  • There is no better way to give a gift that will last forever, for the link between scent and memory is everlasting.
  • In the run-up to war, a photographer trains her camera on a city about to be changed forever.
  • One taste will probably make you swear off the commercial stuff forever.
  • Higher oil prices remind drivers that fossil-fuel supplies won't last forever.
  • Marriage promises that they will live in that place forever.
  • More resin oozed over the centipede, trapping it forever in what would become a golden, see-through tomb.
  • It seems that scientists have been struggling forever to make a mechanical heart that really works.
  • The air is cool, the sky is gray, and you begin to wonder whether winter will last forever.
  • It takes forever to fill the old-school guns with the t-shaped tab that retains the cap.
  • He will never be forgotten and through his product his name will live forever.
British Dictionary definitions for forever

forever

/fɔːˈrɛvə; fə-/
adverb
1.
Also for ever. without end; everlastingly; eternally
2.
at all times; incessantly
3.
(informal) for a very long time: he went on speaking forever
noun
4.
(as object) (informal) a very long time: it took him forever to reply
5.
…forever!, an exclamation expressing support or loyalty: Scotland forever!
Usage note
Forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is without end. For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form
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Word Origin and History for forever
adv.

late 14c., for ever; from for + ever. One word from late 17c.

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