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[fer-got-n] /fərˈgɒt n/
a past participle of forget.
Related forms
half-forgotten, adjective
quasi-forgotten, adjective
unforgotten, adjective
well-forgotten, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for half-forgotten
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  • The people had heard of his fame as an editor of half-forgotten Roman authors.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • The face of the strange woman was as the face of a half-forgotten friend.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Indeed, a woman usually stops an old and half-forgotten acquaintance, while men are accustomed to let such bygones go.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Old deities were half-forgotten, and forgotten deities were resuscitated.

  • Hence the invention known as a "new art," which always can be traced back to a half-forgotten one.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • “Oh yes; but I had half-forgotten it in all this excitement,” said Cicely.

    The School Queens L. T. Meade
  • It was a satisfying sound, and Ransome smiled tightly, a half-forgotten oath of Darion on his lips.

    Bride of the Dark One Florence Verbell Brown
  • Foreign dangers are half-forgotten as soon as they are past.

  • A half-forgotten dream, struggling to consciousness, staggered her by its vividness.

    The House of the Vampire George Sylvester Viereck
  • He was one of the half-forgotten heroes of the East India Company.

    India Under British Rule James Talboys Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for half-forgotten


having been nearly forgotten: a half-forgotten dream


a past participle of forget
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Word Origin and History for half-forgotten



early 15c., past participle adjective from forget.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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