Meaning of forgive

for•give

Pronunciation: (fur-giv'), [key]
— v., -gave, -giv•en, -giv•ing.
—v.t.
  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.
—v.i.
  1. to pardon an offense or an offender.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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