- to grant pardon for (an offense); absolve: [~ + object]to forgive a sin.[no object]Forgive and go forward.
- to grant pardon to (a person): [~ + object]forgave him and told him to repent.[~ + object + object]forgave him his sins.
- to cease to feel resentment against:[~ + object]to forgive one's enemies.
- to allow (something that one does not like) to exist without prohibiting it or preventing it.
- to endure; put up with:I cannot tolerate incompetence.