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Examples of forebear in a Sentence
His forebears fought in the American Civil War.
his forebears came to America on the Mayflower
Recent Examples of forebear from the Web
Curt Cook's maternal forebears started Haskins Farm in Bainbridge four years before the official start of what is now the Great Geauga County Fair.
Record: 106-45, .702; won World Series These Bronx Bombers may have been even more fearsome than their '27 forebears.
For starters, White counts among his family forebears early jazz musicians such as bassist Papa John Joseph, clarinetist Willie Joseph and reedist Earl Fouche.
Think of Jeff Sessions, as virulent a racist as his Southern forebears, making sure any sanctuary city gets starved for funding.
Overall, Uganda’s coffee farming practices have not advanced much since the time of Massa’s forebears, and farming incomes have stagnated among the lowest levels in Africa.
The group was founded in 1868 by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, a Parsi—a member of a small but commercially adept community whose Zoroastrian forebears fled Persia to escape religious persecution in the eighth century.
But modern capitalist societies may have something to learn from the ways of their ancient forebears.
Modern liberalism draws much of its strength from younger Americans — Millennials who are more irreligious than their forebears.
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Did You Know?
Forebear (also sometimes spelled "forbear") was first used by our ancestors in the days of Middle English. Fore- means "coming before," just as in "forefather," and -bear means "one that is" (not to be confused with the "-bear" in the unrelated verb "forbear," which comes from Old English beran, meaning "to bear or carry"). The "be-" of "-bear" is from the verb "to be" (or, more specifically, from "been," an old dialect variant of "be"). The "-ar" is a form of the suffix -er, which we append to verbs to denote one that performs a specified action. In this case the "action" is simply existing or being - in other words, "-bear" implies one who is a "be-er."
Origin and Etymology of forebear
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsfather, ancestor (also forbear), forebearer, forefather, grandfather, primogenitor, progenitor
Antonymsdescendant (also descendent)
Related Wordsantecessor, predecessor [archaic]; ancestress, foremother, grandmother, matriarch; grandsire [archaic], patriarch, sire [archaic]; ancestry, antecedents, roots
Near Antonymschildren, family, issue, lineage, offspring, posterity, progeny, seed, stock; daughter, heir, inheritor, scion, son, successor
FOREBEAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forebear for English Language Learners
: a member of your family in the past
FOREBEAR Defined for Kids
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