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forborne

[fawr-bawrn, -bohrn] /fɔrˈbɔrn, -ˈboʊrn/
verb
1.
past participle of forbear1 .

forbear1

[fawr-bair] /fɔrˈbɛər/
verb (used with object), forbore, forborne, forbearing.
1.
to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
2.
to keep back; withhold.
3.
Obsolete. to endure.
verb (used without object), forbore, forborne, forbearing.
4.
to refrain; hold back.
5.
to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
Origin of forbear1
900
before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan. See for-, bear1
Related forms
forbearer, noun
forbearingly, adverb
nonforbearing, adjective
nonforbearingly, adverb
unforbearing, adjective
Synonyms
1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce.
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Examples from the Web for forborne
Historical Examples
  • The child thought, more than once that he was moved: and had forborne to speak.

    The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
  • At the time he was ashamed to seem too eager and had forborne to question further.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Possibly not; otherwise, according to old wont, he would have forborne to speak of it beforehand.

  • She had been there once already, but seeing him asleep, she had forborne to wake him.

  • We have borne and forborne long enough, and a resolute stand should be taken at once, was the comment of the Missouri Reporter.

  • The labours of the husbandman and the artificer she has forborne.

  • But what you said touched some spring of my mind, and I could no more have forborne to laugh than to breathe for an hour.

  • Camilla, distressed, hung her head, and would have forborne making any answer.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • A bandit on a lonely road would, if he were born in Addington, have forborne to rob them.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I had forborne to speak of it till now, wishing to give the man fair-play.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for forborne

forborne

/fɔːˈbɔːn/
verb
1.
the past participle of forbear1

forbear1

/fɔːˈbɛə/
verb -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
1.
when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive. to cease or refrain (from doing something)
2.
(archaic) to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
Derived Forms
forbearer, noun
forbearingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure

forbear2

/ˈfɔːˌbɛə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of forebear
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Word Origin and History for forborne

forbear

v.

"to abstain," Old English forberan "bear up against, control one's feelings, endure," from for- + beran "to bear" (see bear (v.)). Related: Forbearer; forbearing; forbore.

n.

"ancestor," late 15c., from fore "before" + be-er "one who exists;" agent noun from be.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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