Definition of forbear
- forbore mentioning the incident
- tried to forbear making rash judgments
- forbear his presence
- —William Shakespeare
- forbore with his friend's failings
He carefully forbore any mention of her name for fear of upsetting them.
We decided to forbear provoking him any further.
We decided to forbear from provoking him any further.
He forebore to mention her name.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: to choose not to do (something that you could do) : to avoid doing or saying (something)
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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