forgive

[fer-giv]
verb (used with object), forgave, forgiven, forgiving.
1.
to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
2.
to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
3.
to grant pardon to (a person).
4.
to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one's enemies.
5.
to cancel an indebtedness or liability of: to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
verb (used without object), forgave, forgiven, forgiving.
6.
to pardon an offense or an offender.

Origin:
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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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]
 
for'givable
 
adj
 
for'givably
 
adv
 
for'giver
 
n

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Word Origin & History

forgive
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
But readers might be forgiven for greeting the findings with a shrug.
So there is a two-directional relationship here between the forgiver and
  forgiven.
Yawning demonstrating excessive fatigue is something that can be forgiven if
  you have the politeness to beg excuse for that.
More urban readers are forgiven for thinking milk comes from supermarkets.
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