[ 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
Some readers therefore concluded that the forbearing Dr. Spielvogel must be the hero of the novel.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?|Bernard Avishai|August 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is only when the making of the vow would be at variance with the requirements of duty, that forbearing to vow would be no sin.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
This day I did give my man Will a sound lesson about his forbearing to give us the respect due to a master and mistress.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete|Samuel Pepys
Nevertheless, she was forbearing if not loving, and the people said rightly when they said she was admirable.
The next visit he was not quite so forbearing, yet still forbearing; and so on by sly gradations.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
The painters were calm and forbearing, and scrupulously courteous to each other.Art in England|Dutton Cook
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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