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
before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan.Related formsfor·bear·er, nounfor·bear·ing·ly, adverbnon·for·bear·ing, adjectivenon·for·bear·ing·ly, adverbun·for·bear·ing, adjective
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Related Words for forboredecline
Examples from the Web for forbore
Historical Examples of forbore
He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence.
He was impelled to recapitulate his injunctions; but he forbore.
So I forbore to predict what would be his ultimate form of beauty.
De Windt shook his head, but forbore to utter his incredulity.
How I longed to kick, if it were but my toe at them, and I forbore!
British Dictionary definitions for forbore
verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
Derived Formsforbearer, nounforbearingly, adverb
(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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Word Origin and History for forbore
"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.
"ancestor," late 15c., from fore "before" + be-er "one who exists;" agent noun from be.
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