Definition of Forbear

1. Noun. A person from whom you are descended.

Exact synonyms: Forebear
Generic synonyms: Ancestor, Antecedent, Ascendant, Ascendent, Root
Specialized synonyms: Grandparent, Great Grandparent



2. Verb. Refrain from doing. "She forbore a snicker"
Exact synonyms: Hold Back
Generic synonyms: Refrain

3. Verb. Resist doing something. "She could not forbear weeping"
Exact synonyms: Refrain
Specialized synonyms: Leave, Leave Alone, Leave Behind, Let It Go, Abstain, Save, Spare, Hold Back, Help, Help Oneself, Stand By, Sit Out
Derivative terms: Forbearance
Antonyms: Act

Definition of Forbear

1. n. An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural.

2. v. i. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.

3. v. t. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up; as, to forbear the use of a word of doubtful propriety.

Definition of Forbear

1. Verb. (transitive) To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To refuse; to decline; to give no heed. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To control oneself when provoked. ¹

5. Noun. (alternative spelling of forebear) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Forbear

1. to refrain from [v -BORE or -BARE, -BORNE, -BEARING, -BEARS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Forbear

forasmuch as
foravirumab
foray
foray into
forayed
forayer
forayers
foraying
forays
forb
forbad
forbade
forbar
forbare
forbathe
forbear (current term)
forbearance
forbearances
forbearant
forbeare
forbearer
forbearers
forbearing
forbearingly
forbears
forbeat
forbid
forbidal
forbidals
forbiddance

Literary usage of Forbear

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1. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas ( Hobbes (1841)
"... either the agent can will and forbear to will, or else he cannot do and forbear to do. (A) But we differ wholly about the fifth point. ..."

2. The Spectator by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1830)
"It is very certain, that a man of sound reason cannot forbear closing with religion upon an impartial examination of it; but at the same time it is certain, ..."

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