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definition of the word forbear

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Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan (to endure, do without), from for- + beran to bear.

Infinitive
to forbear

Third person singular
forbears

Simple past
forbore

Past participle
forborne

Present participle
forbearing

to forbear (third-person singular simple present forbears, present participle forbearing, simple past forbore, past participle forborne)

  1. (transitive) To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
  2. (intransitive) To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
  3. (intransitive) To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
  4. (intransitive) To control oneself when provoked.

Alternative spelling of forebear.

Singular
forbear

Plural
forbears

forbear (plural forbears)

  1. Forebear, ancestor.

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