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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 of forever
1660-1670
1660-70; orig. phrase for ever
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  • For years he had filled her father's place, and now he was dying, leaving her forever!

  • Still there was no check in the Black's gallop; he was like a devil that could go on forever and ever.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • And to bury the memory of Maxime Valois forever is his task.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • It was not within the laws of fate that they should go on forever and ever having bad luck.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He would go at once, find the child, and then return to England forever.

    In the Day of Adversity John Bloundelle-Burton
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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