forbear

1
[ fawr-bair ]
/ fɔrˈbɛər /

verb (used with object), for·bore, for·borne, for·bear·ing.

to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
to keep back; withhold.
Obsolete. to endure.

verb (used without object), for·bore, for·borne, for·bear·ing.

to refrain; hold back.
to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.

Origin of forbear

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before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan. See for-, bear1
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Definition for forbear (2 of 2)

forbear

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[ fawr-bair ]
/ ˈfɔrˌbɛər /

noun


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British Dictionary definitions for forbear (1 of 2)

forbear

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/ (fɔːˈbɛə) /

verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne

(when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) to cease or refrain (from doing something)
archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)

Derived Formsforbearer, nounforbearingly, adverb

Word Origin for forbear

Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure

British Dictionary definitions for forbear (2 of 2)

forbear

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/ (ˈfɔːˌbɛə) /

noun

a variant spelling of forebear

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