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forebear

[ fawr-bair, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌbɛər, ˈfoʊr- /
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noun

Usually forebears . ancestors; forefathers.

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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?
Also for·bear [fawr-bair] /ˈfɔrˌbɛər/ .

Origin of forebear

1425–75; Middle English (Scots), equivalent to fore- fore- + -bear “being,” variant of beer; see be, -er1
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forebear

forbear

/ (ˈfɔːˌbɛə) /

noun

an ancestor; forefather
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