- simple past tense of forbear1.
- 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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Related Words for forboredecline, inhibit, abstain, stop, avoid, omit, escape, forgo, refrain, withhold, desist, pause, cease, evade, eschew, shun, restrain, curb, keep, bridle
Examples from the Web for forbore
Historical Examples of forbore
He forbore touching that mystery out of love, timidity, and indolence.The Secret Agent
He was impelled to recapitulate his injunctions; but he forbore.The Lion's Skin
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
- the past tense of forbear 1
- (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
- a variant spelling of forebear
past tense of forbear (v.).