What Does 4GET Mean in a Text?

The Quick Answer

4GET means "Forget."

More Observations...

The abbreviation 4GET is an "internet slang term" used in text-based conversations to mean "Forget." 4GET is often used as an imperative, or as a verb. For example:
  • You can 4GET it!
  • (Here, 4GET is being used to give an order.)
  • I will never 4GET you.
  • (Here, 4GET is being used to express an action.)

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When I write 4GET, I mean this:

meaning of 4GET

They say that elephants never 4GET.

Summary of Key Points

"Forget" is, by far, the most common meaning for 4GET when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of 4GET in Sentences

Here are examples of 4GET in conversations:
  • That guy is so stupid. If he ever stopped to think, he would 4GET to start again.
  • When I'm dead, I'm going to 4GET everything, and I advise you to do the same.
  • [Kurt Vonnegut Jr.]

An Academic Look at 4GET

4GET is classified by our team as an "internet slang term" as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "Slang terms" differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have written "Forget" instead of using the abbreviation 4GET.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of 4GET Used in a Text

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