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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 Boomers have more average wealth than any generation ever, a National Bureau of Economic Research study shows those lacking financial education are even worse off than their forebears.
My forebears bought it in buckets, at the corner joint.
Observe closely a man on a Harlem street corner and it can be seen how little his life experience differs from that of his forebears.
Hers was a feat unusual not merely among her contemporaries but also among her forebears.
And if social media is to be believed, the Democracy our forebears fought so dearly to preserve shall be crumbling soon, leaving nothing but empty avocado bins and disappointingly weak cold brews.
America’s greatness derives from its political forebears, who were white, Christian (or at least Deists), and men.
Research published last year has bolstered the theory that our nocturnal forebears were able to emerge, blinking into sunlight, only upon the demise of the ravenous, day-living dinosaurs, and become the new kings of the land.
Posh Private Post Offices Boasting ocean views and sleek materials, these luxurious mailrooms are a far cry from their pedestrian 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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