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forbear

[ fawr-bair ]
/ f蓴r藞b蓻蓹r /
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verb (used with object), for路bore [fawr-bawr], /f蓴r藞b蓴r/, for路borne [fawr-bawrn], /f蓴r藞b蓴rn/, for路bear路ing.
to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
to keep back; withhold.
Obsolete. to endure.
verb (used without object), for路bore [fawr-bawr], /f蓴r藞b蓴r/, for路borne [fawr-bawrn], /f蓴r藞b蓴rn/, for路bear路ing.
to refrain; hold back.
to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
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Origin of forbear

First recorded before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan 鈥渢o refrain from, abstain; spare, excuse鈥; see origin at for-, bear1

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British Dictionary definitions for forbear (1 of 2)

forbear1
/ (f蓴藧藞b蓻蓹) /

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 forms of forbear

forbearer, nounforbearingly, adverb

Word Origin for forbear

Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure

British Dictionary definitions for forbear (2 of 2)

forbear2
/ (藞f蓴藧藢b蓻蓹) /

noun
a variant spelling of forebear
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