- 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 forbearing
Some readers therefore concluded that the forbearing Dr. Spielvogel must be the hero of the novel.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
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Is she not for ever obliged (as she was pleased to hint to me) to be of the forbearing side?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
We are grateful to you, Ted and I, for having been so forbearing in the past.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
He was forgiving and forbearing and kinder than I had any right to expect.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Could we not pay our friend the compliment of truth, of silence, of forbearing?Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are insults which even my forbearing spirit will not meekly endure.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York
Lemuel Ely Quigg
- (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 forbearing
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