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1forbear

verb for·bear \fr-ˈber, fər-\

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

for·bore\-ˈbr\for·borne\-ˈbrn\for·bear·ing

Full Definition of FORBEAR

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  to do without
2
:  to hold oneself back from especially with an effort <forbore mentioning the incident>
3
obsolete :  to leave alone :  shun <forbear his presence — Shakespeare>
intransitive verb
1
:  hold back, abstain <have forborne from taking part in any controversy — Abraham Lincoln>
2
:  to control oneself when provoked :  be patient
for·bear·er noun
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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

2forbear

Definition of FORBEAR

variant of forebear
FORBORNE Defined for Kids

forbear

verb for·bear \fr-ˈber\
for·bore \-ˈbr\for·borne \-ˈbrn\for·bear·ing

Definition of FORBEAR for Kids

1
:  to hold back <He forbore from hitting the bully back.>
2
:  to be patient when annoyed or troubled

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