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[fer-got] /fərˈgɒt/
a simple past tense and past participle of forget.


[fer-get] /fərˈgɛt/
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.
Origin of forget
before 900; for- + get; replacing Middle English foryeten, Old English forg(i)etan; cognate with Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan
Related forms
forgettable, adjective
forgetter, noun
unforgetting, adjective
Usage note
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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Examples from the Web for forgot
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  • "By George, I forgot the fact that the card had an address on it," Baker exclaimed.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • I had forgot the pasty, and it will be as scorched as Judas Iscariot!

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She forgot, with the adaptable memory of youth, her troubles.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • I had forgot there were three Diné at Ty-uonyi; the third had been under the rock drinking.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • She forgot that a gentleman should make no noise and that a lady is serene; forgot utterly.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for forgot


the past tense of forget
(archaic or dialect) a past participle of forget


verb -gets, -getting, -got -gotten, (archaic, dialect) -got
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to fail to recall (someone or something once known); be unable to remember
(transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to neglect, usually as the result of an unintentional error
(transitive) to leave behind by mistake
(transitive) to disregard intentionally
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to fail to mention
forget oneself
  1. to act in an improper manner
  2. to be unselfish
  3. to be deep in thought
forget it!, an exclamation of annoyed or forgiving dismissal of a matter or topic
Derived Forms
forgettable, adjective
forgetter, noun
Word Origin
Old English forgietan; related to Old Frisian forgeta, Old Saxon fargetan, Old High German firgezzan
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Word Origin and History for forgot



Old English forgietan, from for-, used here with negative force, "away, amiss, opposite" + gietan "to grasp" (see get). To "un-get," hence "to lose" from the mind. A common Germanic construction (cf. Old Saxon fargetan, Old Frisian forjeta, Dutch vergeten, Old High German firgezzan, German 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with forgot


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