forgive

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
forgive

Third person singular
forgives

Simple past
forgave

Past participle
forgiven

Present participle
forgiving

  1. When you forgive something, you do not punish the person who did it.
    I know you stole some money from me, but I forgive your stealing.
    I have forgiven your disloyalty.
  2. When you forgive a person, you do not try to punish that person for something.
    I know you stole some money from me, but I forgive you.
    I forgave them for being cruel when we were younger.