• enPR: fər-gĭv', fôr-gĭv', IPA: /fə(ɹ)ˈɡɪv/, /fɔː(ɹ)ˈɡɪv/
  • (GA) IPA: /fɚˈɡɪv/

forgive (forgives, present participle forgiving; past forgave, past participle forgiven)

  1. (transitive) To pardon; to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment, retribution, or compensation.
    Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
  2. (intransitive) To accord forgiveness.
    Only the brave know how to forgive...A coward never forgave; it is not in his nature. - Laurence Sterne

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