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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
But Katz did it, which wouldn't surprise his deli forebears not a bit.
That modern cars can outperform their forebears isn’t exactly news.
But a troubling string of clinical trial results suggests that the latest approach to the devastating disease might go the way of its forebears, continuing decades of frustration for patients and scientists.
Rock’s current establishment is more conscious than any other of music’s underrecognized forebears — namely of unsung blues and R&B artists.
Including a snippet of a rare Grandmaster Flash sequence as part of this background, Cuchna links Ocean’s form to its conceptual forebears.
That modern cars can outperform their forebears isn't exactly news.
On his debut as a bandleader, 2016’s Stranger Days (Sunnyside), Adam eschews any connection to the lineage carved out by his forebears, pursuing a limber but sharply articulated strain of free bop that sparkles with erudition, soul, and precision.
The women have little to go on so far beyond the information their forebears relied on nine decades ago.
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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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