If you forgive someone, you stop blaming him. You should really forgive your kid sister for eating the rest of the cake.

Forgive comes from the Old English forgiefan, which also means "forgive," just with cooler spelling. When you forgive someone or something, that's the end of the story. Eventually, you will have to either forgive your friend for stealing your boyfriend, or stop being her friend. Loans can also be forgiven. If your credit card company forgives your debt, that means you no longer have to pay it.

Definitions of forgive
  1. verb
    stop blaming or grant forgiveness
    “She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday”
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    condone, excuse
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
    absolve, free, justify
    excuse or free from blame
    absolve, shrive
    grant remission of a sin to
    grant a pardon to
    excuse, pardon
    accept an excuse for
    excuse, exempt, let off, relieve
    grant exemption or release to
    wash one's hands
    to absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame
    grant a pardon to (a group of people)
    type of:
    concede, grant, yield
    be willing to concede
  2. verb
    absolve from payment
    “I forgive you your debt”
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    type of:
    exempt, free, relieve
    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
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