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

v stop blaming or grant forgiveness

“I forgave him his infidelity”
“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
let off the hook
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)
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concede, grant, yield
be willing to concede

v absolve from payment

“I forgive you your debt”
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exempt, free, relieve
grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

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