- to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
- to keep back; withhold.
- Obsolete. to endure.
- to refrain; hold back.
- to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
Origin of forbear1
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1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce.
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Examples from the Web for forbear
For who can forbear to laugh at the bare idea of an Irish bull?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
If you love sack, forbear; for this course will never bring you a drop.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
She could not forbear asking what it was that touched him so much.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Dearest Madam, forbear for the present: I am but in my noviciate.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Let men agree to differ, and, when they do differ, bear and forbear.Self-Help
- (when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) to cease or refrain (from doing something)
- archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure
- a variant spelling of forebear
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Word Origin and History for forbear
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