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forgotten

[fer-got-n] /fərˈgɒt n/
verb
1.
a past participle of forget.
Related forms
half-forgotten, adjective
quasi-forgotten, adjective
unforgotten, adjective
well-forgotten, adjective

forget

[fer-get] /fərˈgɛt/
verb (used with object), forgot or (Archaic) forgat; forgotten or forgot; forgetting.
1.
to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall:
to forget someone's name.
2.
to omit or neglect unintentionally:
I forgot to shut the window before leaving.
3.
to leave behind unintentionally; neglect to take:
to forget one's keys.
4.
to omit mentioning; leave unnoticed.
5.
to fail to think of; take no note of.
6.
to neglect willfully; disregard or slight.
verb (used without object), forgot or (Archaic) forgat; forgotten or forgot; forgetting.
7.
to cease or omit to think of something.
Idioms
8.
forget oneself, to say or do something improper or unbefitting one's rank, position, or character.
Origin
900
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.
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Examples from the web for forgotten
  • These powers of body and mind have in the past been strangely wasted, dispersed, or forgotten.
  • So when other legends are forgotten we'll remember back when things were rotten.
  • He paints a haunting portrait of a people blown to the winds by a forgotten storm.
  • Practice too late and you've forgotten the material and have to relearn it.
  • Administrators are sometimes faulted by their old friends for having forgotten that, after all, they are faculty members.
  • The pelting of the rain outside can't be heard in the cave of the forgotten tonight.
  • Some memories, particularly those evoking fear or pain, are best forgotten.
  • The city remained well preserved largely because it was forgotten.
  • Yet except for the flags and symbols left from that era, such dreams have been long forgotten.
  • Mention that every community has places whose significance seems to have been lost or forgotten.
British Dictionary definitions for forgotten

forgotten

/fəˈɡɒtən/
verb
1.
a past participle of forget

forget

/fəˈɡɛt/
verb -gets, -getting, -got -gotten, (archaic, dialect) -got
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to fail to recall (someone or something once known); be unable to remember
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to neglect, usually as the result of an unintentional error
3.
(transitive) to leave behind by mistake
4.
(transitive) to disregard intentionally
5.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to fail to mention
6.
forget oneself
  1. to act in an improper manner
  2. to be unselfish
  3. to be deep in thought
7.
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 forgotten
adj.

early 15c., past participle adjective from forget.

forget

v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with forgotten

forget

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