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forbore

[fawr-bawr, -bohr]
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verb
  1. simple past tense of forbear1.
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forbear1

[fawr-bair]
verb (used with object), for·bore, for·borne, for·bear·ing.
  1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
  2. to keep back; withhold.
  3. Obsolete. to endure.
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verb (used without object), for·bore, for·borne, for·bear·ing.
  1. to refrain; hold back.
  2. to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
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Origin of forbear1

before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan. See for-, bear1
Related formsfor·bear·er, nounfor·bear·ing·ly, adverbnon·for·bear·ing, adjectivenon·for·bear·ing·ly, adverbun·for·bear·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce.
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Examples from the Web for forbore

Historical Examples

  • He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He was impelled to recapitulate his injunctions; but he forbore.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • So I forbore to predict what would be his ultimate form of beauty.

  • De Windt shook his head, but forbore to utter his incredulity.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • How I longed to kick, if it were but my toe at them, and I forbore!

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman


British Dictionary definitions for forbore

forbore

verb
  1. the past tense of forbear 1
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forbear1

verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
  1. (when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) to cease or refrain (from doing something)
  2. archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
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Derived Formsforbearer, nounforbearingly, adverb

Word Origin

Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure

forbear2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of forebear
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Word Origin and History for forbore

past tense of forbear (v.).

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forbear

v.

"to abstain," Old English forberan "bear up against, control one's feelings, endure," from for- + beran "to bear" (see bear (v.)). Related: Forbearer; forbearing; forbore.

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forbear

n.

"ancestor," late 15c., from fore "before" + be-er "one who exists;" agent noun from be.

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