- 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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Related Words for forbeardecline, inhibit, abstain, stop, avoid, omit, escape, forgo, refrain, withhold, desist, pause, cease, evade, eschew, shun, restrain, curb, keep, bridle
Examples from the Web for forbear
Historical Examples of 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)
Word Origin for forbear
- a variant spelling of forebear