Forgive



[fer-giv] /fərˈgɪv/

verb (used with object), forgave, forgiven, forgiving.
1.
to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
2.
to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
3.
to grant pardon to (a person).
4.
to cease to feel resentment against:
to forgive one’s enemies.
5.
to cancel an indebtedness or liability of:
to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
verb (used without object), forgave, forgiven, forgiving.
6.
to pardon an offense or an offender.
/fəˈɡɪv/
verb -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
1.
to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
2.
to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
3.
(transitive) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
4.
(transitive) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
v.

Old English forgiefan “give, grant, allow; forgive,” also “to give up” and “to give in marriage;” from for- “completely” + giefan “give” (see give).

The modern sense of “to give up desire or power to punish” is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.

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