verb (used with object), forgot or (Archaic) forgat; forgotten or forgot; forgetting.
to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall: to forget someone's name.
to omit or neglect unintentionally: I forgot to shut the window before leaving.
to leave behind unintentionally; neglect to take: to forget one's keys.
to omit mentioning; leave unnoticed.
to fail to think of; take no note of.
to neglect willfully; disregard or slight.
verb (used without object), forgot or (Archaic) forgat; forgotten or forgot; forgetting.
to cease or omit to think of something.
forget oneself, to say or do something improper or unbefitting one's rank, position, or character.

before 900; for- + get; replacing Middle English foryeten, Old English forg(i)etan; cognate with Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan

forgettable, adjective
forgetter, noun
unforgetting, adjective

Both forgot and forgotten are used as the past participle of forget: Many have already forgot (or forgotten) the hard times of the Depression. Only forgotten is used attributively: half-forgotten memories. Unabridged
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forget (fəˈɡɛt)
vb , archaic, dialect -gets, -getting, -got, -gotten, -got
1.  (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to fail to recall (someone or something once known); be unable to remember
2.  (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to neglect, usually as the result of an unintentional error
3.  (tr) to leave behind by mistake
4.  (tr) to disregard intentionally
5.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to fail to mention
6.  forget oneself
 a.  to act in an improper manner
 b.  to be unselfish
 c.  to be deep in thought
7.  forget it! an exclamation of annoyed or forgiving dismissal of a matter or topic
[Old English forgietan; related to Old Frisian forgeta, Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. forgytan, from for- "passing by, letting go" (cf. forbear, forgo) + gietan "to grasp" (see get). A common Gmc. construction (cf. O.S. fargetan, Du. vergeten, Ger. vergessen "to forget"). The literal sense would be "to lose (one's) grip on," but that is not recorded in any
Germanic language. Related: Forgetting; forgot; forgotten.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with forget, also see forgive and forget.

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Example sentences
Indeed, the ability to forget is in some ways as important as the ability to
He had to leave ignominiously from a side door-an end to his fourth government
  that he will not lightly forgive or forget.
Students leave some blank intending to go back and then forget or miss a
  question when they go back.
It's the gunk that collects on the sides of a fish tank when you forget to
  clean it.
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