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[fawr-bair] /fɔrˈbɛər/
verb (used with object), forbore, forborne, forbearing.
1.
to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
2.
to keep back; withhold.
3.
Obsolete. to endure.
verb (used without object), forbore, forborne, forbearing.
4.
to refrain; hold back.
5.
to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan. See for-, bear1
Related forms
forbearer, noun
forbearingly, adverb
nonforbearing, adjective
nonforbearingly, adverb
unforbearing, adjective
Synonyms
1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce.

forbear2

[fawr-bair] /ˈfɔrˌbɛər/
noun
1.
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  • We forbear to write them down until the mention of them can be accomplished with a fitting tribute to their virtues and valor.
  • We forbear comment on the arrest until the facts are better known.
  • So it may forbear, and the consequence may be inflation.
  • The pain this occasioned was so great, that he could not forbear crying out aloud.
  • The father could not forbear weeping aloud, insomuch that in the agonies of his grief the seat shook under him.
  • forbearance permits borrowers to forbear or postpone making regular loan payments during approved forbearance periods.
  • forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
British Dictionary definitions for forbear

forbear1

/fɔːˈbɛə/
verb -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
1.
when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive. to cease or refrain (from doing something)
2.
(archaic) to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
Derived Forms
forbearer, noun
forbearingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure

forbear2

/ˈfɔːˌbɛə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of forebear

forebear

/ˈfɔːˌbɛə/
noun
1.
an ancestor; forefather
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Word Origin and History for forbear
v.

"to abstain," Old English forberan "bear up against, control one's feelings, endure," from for- + beran "to bear" (see bear (v.)). Related: Forbearer; forbearing; forbore.

n.

"ancestor," late 15c., from fore "before" + be-er "one who exists;" agent noun from be.

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