- 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
Synonyms for forbear
Related Words for forborndecline, inhibit, abstain, stop, avoid, omit, escape, forgo, refrain, withhold, desist, pause, cease, evade, eschew, shun, restrain, curb, keep, bridle
Examples from the Web for forborn
Historical Examples of forborn
Enfering any conversation with the Steersner and Pilotes is desired to be forborn.Bubbles from the Brunnens of Nassau
Francis Bond Head
In anxious expectation of this news I had forborn to retire to rest.Four Years in France
Henry Digby Beste
The English naturalists would have nothing to do with theology, "these two subjects, God and the Soul, being only forborn."The Evolution of States
J. M. Robertson
- (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