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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORGETTING

When I look at it I'm to remember that you are forgetting me?

The Son of God forgive us, Nora, we're after forgetting his bit of bread.

"I think that is rather uncivil," he added, forgetting the warning he had had.

There was no forgetting the flamboyant brilliancy of her apparel.

"You hit him," cried Chip, forgetting his prejudice for a moment.

You're forgetting, aren't you that she's been here more than three months already.

I took his hand, though I was not altogether sure about forgetting his words.

His relief was so great that, forgetting his own bedraggled condition, he laughed.

So merrily he went to work, forgetting everything in his adherence to habit.

Grant grinned at Miss Georgie, forgetting for the moment his rebuff that morning.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English forgietan, from for-, used here with negative force, "away, amiss, opposite" + gietan "to grasp" (see get). To "un-get," hence "to lose" from the mind. A common Germanic construction (cf. Old Saxon fargetan, Old Frisian forjeta, Dutch vergeten, Old High German firgezzan, German vergessen "to forget"). The literal sense would be "to lose (one's) grip on," but that is not recorded in any Germanic language. Related: Forgetting; forgot; forgotten.

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