- past participle of forbear1.
- 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 forborne
He had forborne, as we have seen, to tell Julia his former tidings.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
At the time he was ashamed to seem too eager and had forborne to question further."Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
She had been there once already, but seeing him asleep, she had forborne to wake him.Trent's Trust and Other Stories
Yes, yes, it was for her sake that he had forborne to speak.The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)
The labours of the husbandman and the artificer she has forborne.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
- the past participle of forbear 1
- (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 forborne
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