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 for forgive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forgive \For*give"\, v. t. [imp. Forgave; p. p. Forgiven; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Forgiving] [OE. forgiven, foryiven, foryeven,
     AS. forgiefan, forgifan; perh. for- + giefan, gifan to give;
     cf. D. vergeven, G. vergeben, Icel. fyrirgefa, Sw. f?rgifva,
     Goth. fragiban to give, grant. See For-, and Give, v. t.]
     1. To give wholly; to make over without reservation; to
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              To them that list the world's gay shows I leave,
              And to great ones such folly do forgive. --Spenser.
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     2. To give up resentment or claim to requital on account of
        (an offense or wrong); to remit the penalty of; to pardon;
        -- said in reference to the act forgiven.
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              And their sins should be forgiven them. --Mark iv.
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              He forgive injures so readily that he might be said
              to invite them.                       --Macaulay.
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     3. To cease to feel resentment against, on account of wrong
        committed; to give up claim to requital from or
        retribution upon (an offender); to absolve; to pardon; --
        said of the person offending.
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              Father, forgive them; for they know not what they
              do.                                   --Luke xxiii.
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              I as free forgive you, as I would be fforgiven.
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     Note: Sometimes both the person and the offense follow as
           objects of the verb, sometimes one and sometimes the
           other being the indirect object. "Forgive us our debts
           as we forgive our debtors." --Matt. vi. 12. "Be of good
           cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee." --Matt. ix. 2.
     Syn: See excuse.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: stop blaming or grant forgiveness; "I forgave him his
           infidelity"; "She cannot forgive him for forgetting her
      2: absolve from payment; "I forgive you your debt"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "forgive":
     abolish, absolve, acquit, allow, amnesty, cancel, clear, condone,
     consign to oblivion, decontaminate, delete, destigmatize,
     discharge, dismiss, dispense from, disregard, erase, exculpate,
     excuse, exempt, exempt from, exonerate, forbear,
     forgive and forget, free, give absolution, give quarter,
     grant amnesty to, grant forgiveness, grant immunity,
     grant remission, have mercy upon, have pity, ignore, indulge,
     justify, let go, let off, let up on, make allowances for, melt,
     nonpros, nullify, obliterate, overlook, pardon, pass over, purge,
     quash the charge, relax, release, relent, remit, reprieve,
     set free, shrive, spare, take pity on, thaw, vindicate, void,
     waive, whitewash, withdraw the charge

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