verb for·bear \fr-ˈber, fər-\

: to choose not to do (something that you could do) : to avoid doing or saying (something)


Full Definition of FORBEAR

transitive verb
obsolete :  to do without
:  to hold oneself back from especially with an effort <forbore mentioning the incident>
obsolete :  to leave alone :  shun <forbear his presence — Shakespeare>
intransitive verb
:  hold back, abstain <have forborne from taking part in any controversy — Abraham Lincoln>
:  to control oneself when provoked :  be patient
for·bear·er noun

Examples of FORBEAR

  1. He carefully forbore any mention of her name for fear of upsetting them.
  2. We decided to forbear provoking him any further.
  3. We decided to forbear from provoking him any further.
  4. He forebore to mention her name.

Origin of FORBEAR

Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan to endure, do without, from for- + beran to bear
First Known Use: before 12th century


Definition of FORBEAR

variant of forebear


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