AskDefine | Define forever

Dictionary Definition

forever adv
1 for a limitless time; "no one can live forever"; "brightly beams our Father's mercy from his lighthouse evermore"- P.P.Bliss [syn: everlastingly, eternally, evermore]
2 seemingly without interruption; often and repeatedly; "always looking for faults"; "it is always raining"; "he is forever cracking jokes"; "they are forever arguing" [syn: always]
3 for a very long or seemingly endless time; "she took forever to write the paper"; "we had to wait forever and a day" [syn: forever and a day]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /fəɹˈɛvə/, /f@r"Ev@/
  • (US) /fəɹˈɛvɚ/, /f@r"Ev@`/
  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(r)


  1. For all time, for all eternity; for an infinite amount of time.
    I shall love you forever.
  2. (colloquially) for a very long time.
    We had to wait forever to get inside.
  3. (colloquially) for an excessively long time.
    It took her forever to get dressed and ready for the party.
    The drive to his mothers' house took forever.
  4. (colloquially) constantly or frequently.
    You are forever nagging me.
  5. (colloquially) a mythical time in the infinite future that will never come.
    Sure, I'd be happy to meet with you on the 12th of forever.
    If I have to wait while you finish that project, then I'll be here forever.

Usage notes

  • In the United Kingdom, for ever is the standard spelling for sense (1), whilst for ever and forever are both standard for senses (2) and (3). In the United States and Canada, generally only forever is used, regardless of sense.


for all time, for all eternity; for an infinite amount of time
  • Czech: navždy
  • Finnish: ikuisesti
  • German: für immer, ewig, unaufhörlich, auf immer
  • Hungarian: örökre
  • Irish: go bráth, go deo
  • Polish: na zawsze
  • Russian: вечно, всегда, навсегда, навеки
(colloquially) for a very long time
  • Finnish: ikuisuus
  • German: ewig, für immer
  • Russian: целую вечность
  • West Frisian: ivich
(colloquially) for an excessively long time
  • Finnish: ikuisuus
  • German: ewig, für immer
  • Russian: целую вечность
(colloquially) constantly or frequently
  • Finnish: aina
  • German: ewig, ständig, unaufhörlich, andauernd
  • Hungarian: örökké
  • Russian: вечно, постоянно
(colloquially) a mythical time in the infinite future that will never come

Extensive Definition

Forever, etymologically, comes simply from for and ever (in its original sense of always).
Forever may also refer to:
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In geography:
  • Forever, part of the city of Lomé

See also

forever in French: Forever
forever in Italian: Forever
forever in Japanese: 永遠
forever in Polish: Forever
forever in Portuguese: Forever
forever in Swedish: Forever

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ad infinitum, all-comprehensiveness, all-inclusiveness, always, an eternity, aye, boundlessly, boundlessness, countlessness, endless time, endlessly, endlessness, eternally, eternity, ever, ever and again, ever and anon, evermore, exhaustlessness, for all time, for aye, for good, for keeps, forever and aye, forevermore, illimitability, illimitably, immeasurability, immeasurably, immensely, immensity, in all ages, in perpetuity, incalculability, incalculably, incomprehensibility, incomprehensibly, inexhaustibility, infinitely, infiniteness, infinitude, infinity, innumerability, innumerably, interminability, interminably, limitlessly, limitlessness, measurelessly, measurelessness, now and forever, numberlessness, perpetuity, termlessness, throughout the ages, till doomsday, till time stops, time without end, to infinity, universality, unmeasurability, without end, without limit, world without end
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