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forbear

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verb for·bear \fȯr-ˈber, fər-\

Definition of forbear

forbore

play \-ˈbȯr\

forborne

play \-ˈbȯrn\

forbearing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to do without

  3. 2 :  to hold oneself back from especially with an effort <forbore mentioning the incident>

  4. 3 obsolete :  to leave alone :  shun <forbear his presence — Shakespeare>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  hold back, abstain <have forborne from taking part in any controversy — Abraham Lincoln>

  7. 2 :  to control oneself when provoked :  be patient

forbearer

noun

Examples of forbear in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of forbear

Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan to endure, do without, from for- + beran to bear


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

forbear

noun for·bear \-ˌber\

variant of

  1. :  ancestor, forefather; also :  precursor —usually used in plural


FORBEAR Defined for English Language Learners

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forbear

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verb for·bear \fȯr-ˈber, fər-\

Definition of forbear for English Language Learners

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


FORBEAR Defined for Kids

forbear

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verb for·bear \fȯr-ˈber\

Definition of forbear for Students

forbore

\-ˈbȯr\

forborne

\-ˈbȯrn\

forbearing

  1. 1 :  to hold back <He forbore from hitting the bully back.>

  2. 2 :  to be patient when annoyed or troubled



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