[ fawr-bair ]
/ fɔrˈbɛər /
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verb (used with object), for·bore [fawr-bawr], /fɔrˈbɔr/, for·borne [fawr-bawrn], /fɔrˈbɔrn/, for·bear·ing.
to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
to keep back; withhold.
Obsolete. to endure.
verb (used without object), for·bore [fawr-bawr], /fɔrˈbɔr/, for·borne [fawr-bawrn], /fɔrˈbɔrn/, for·bear·ing.
to refrain; hold back.
to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
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Origin of forbear
OTHER WORDS FROM forbear
for·bear·er, nounfor·bear·ing·ly, adverbnon·for·bear·ing, adjectivenon·for·bear·ing·ly, adverb
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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)
/ (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 forms of forbearforbearer, nounforbearingly, adverb
Word Origin for forbear
Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure
British Dictionary definitions for forbear (2 of 2)
/ (ˈfɔːˌbɛə) /
a variant spelling of forebear
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