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verb (used with object), forgave, forgiven, forgiving.
to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
to grant pardon to (a person).
to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one's enemies.
to cancel an indebtedness or liability of: to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
verb (used without object), forgave, forgiven, forgiving.
to pardon an offense or an offender.

before 900; for- + give; replacing Middle English foryiven, Old English forgiefan

forgivable, adjective
forgiver, noun
half-forgiven, adjective
preforgive, verb (used with object), preforgave, preforgiven, preforgiving.
unforgivable, adjective
unforgivableness, noun
unforgivably, adverb
unforgiven, adjective

commute, forgive, pardon (see synonym study at pardon).

1. See excuse. 3. absolve, acquit.
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forgave (fəˈɡeɪv)
the past tense of forgive

forgive (fəˈɡɪv)
vb , -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
1.  to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
2.  to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
3.  (tr) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
4.  (tr) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
[Old English forgiefan; see for-, give]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. forgiefan "give, grant, allow," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give). The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Gmc. loan-translation of L. perdonare (cf. Du. vergeven,
Ger. vergeben; see pardon). Related: Forgiven; forgiving
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Example sentences
Many people never forgave him, and he never forgave himself.
On the other hand, the captain never forgave him and for the next six weeks at
  sea hardly spoke to him.
His fans forgave him, but his enemies kept on plotting.
They forgave their enemies and took farewell of one another, as though they
  were at their last agony.
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