forgives; forgave/-ˈgeɪv//fɚˈgeɪv/; forgiven/-ˈgɪvən//fɚˈgɪvən/; forgiving forgives; forgave/-ˈgeɪv//fɚˈgeɪv/; forgiven/-ˈgɪvən//fɚˈgɪvən/; forgiving
Learner's definition of FORGIVE
1 : to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong) : to stop blaming (someone)
forgive your enemies
Can you ever forgive me for being so selfish?
I've never forgiven myself for the way I treated her.
We must ask God to forgive us for our sins.
He can be forgiven for feeling this way. [=it is understandable that he feels this way; he should not be blamed for feeling this way]
2 [+ object] : to stop feeling anger about (something) : to forgive someone for (something wrong) 3 [+ object] : to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed)
— used in speech as a polite way of starting to say something that may seem rude or unpleasant
Forgive me (for saying so), but I don't think you understood my point.
Forgive me, but something has come up and I have to leave right away.