- 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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1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce.
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We must all be profoundly grateful for the magnificent achievements of our forbearers in this century.
- (when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) to cease or refrain (from doing something)
- archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure
- a variant spelling of forebear
Word Origin and History for forbearers
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