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.
- for·bear·er, noun
- for·bear·ing·ly, adverb
- non·for·bear·ing, adjective
- non·for·bear·ing·ly, adverb
- un·for·bear·ing, adjective
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How to use forbear in a sentence
We must all be profoundly grateful for the magnificent achievements of our forbearers in this century.
British Dictionary definitions for forbear (1 of 2)
(when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) to cease or refrain (from doing something)
archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
- forbearer, noun
- forbearingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for forbear (2 of 2)
a variant spelling of forebear
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