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 forbear1
Synonyms for forbear
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We must all be profoundly grateful for the magnificent achievements of our forbearers in this century.
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)
Word Origin for forbear
Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure
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