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English verb: forgive

1. forgive (communication) stop blaming or grant forgiveness

SamplesI forgave him his infidelity.
She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)concede, grant, yield

Narrower (hyponym)absolve, absolve, condone, excuse, excuse, free, justify, pardon, pardon, remit, shrive

2. forgive (social) absolve from payment

SamplesI forgive you your debt.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)exempt, free, relieve

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