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[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for unforgetting
Historical Examples
  • Unforgiving and unforgetting, no trifle was beneath the minute vigilance of the Holy Office.

  • O shade of Algernon Etheridge, unforgetting and unforgiving!

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
  • It was only in after years that this bit of ground was bought, and walled in, and cared for, by unforgetting survivors.

  • Scarce otherwise, surely, than the unforgotten dead are alive—alive in unforgetting love.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
  • Yet for all this, his art is weaker far than Necessity, whereof the controllers are Fate and the unforgetting Furies.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • He had pleaded for the Christ-law of forgiven sins, but in his veins ran the unforgetting blood of warring generations.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • And this mystery of race and blood, this beauty of unforgetting aspiration, was all physically incarnate in Mabel Aaronsberg.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • Make no mistake as to the intrinsic, historic importance of the forgotten, unforgetting Mule!

  • He deeded her the house as a wedding-gift, that the happy dancers might remain with us lonely and unforgetting folk.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • I knew the unforgetting professor; and I do not doubt that he remembered David and Homer as his near friends.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
British Dictionary definitions for unforgetting


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 unforgetting



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 unforgetting


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