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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
While many of the younger generation of activists present a grim assessment of the last 50 years, some of their forebears note progress, along with setbacks.
That last example is important, because Oyelowo realized something his grunge and skater forebears didn’t: These shirts are incredibly versatile.
Like her obvious forebear Archie Bunker, this new Roseanne can be all things to all people.
The bike is noticeably sleeker and less burly than its moto predecessors but not as svelte as its mountain forebears.
Granted, this coincided with the introduction of more effective pesticides that didn’t need to be applied quite as liberally as their forebears.
Our Pedigree A Social Register of our forebears The Winklevii.
Many of these pieces involve the relation between parents and their offspring, both alike and different from their forebears.
His perspicacity in the field of genius-level prose makes Amis highly qualified to analyze the mechanics of his beloved 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."
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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