- 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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1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce.
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Examples from the Web for 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)
Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure
- a variant spelling of forebear
Word Origin and History for forbore
past tense of forbear (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper