forgive (someone) for (something)

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forgive (someone) for (something)

To absolve or pardon someone for a misdeed or slight. I don't think she'll ever be able to forgive Jack for cheating on her. Please forgive me, I have the worst memory—what's your name again?
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forgive someone for something

to pardon someone for something. Please forgive me for being late. He never forgave himself for harming her.
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When he was about to die he prayed for his enemies saying: "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." He also said, "Love one another as I have loved you (Jn.
In fact, the last words of Jesus when he was dying on the cross were: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
But even when we manage to forgive others for hurting us, it can be painfully difficult to forgive them for having witnessed our sins against them.
For Christians, Jesus Christ is the paradigm for forgiveness in his prayer on the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
Ninety per cent of people would not forgive their partner for running off with the winning lottery ticket while only 60 per cent could not forgive them for having a one-night-stand.