forbear

1 [fawr-bair]
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:
before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan. See for-, bear1

forbearer, noun
forbearingly, adverb
nonforbearing, adjective
nonforbearingly, adverb
unforbearing, adjective


1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce.
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forbear

2 [fawr-bair]
noun
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forbear1 (fɔːˈbɛə)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) , -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
1.  to cease or refrain (from doing something)
2.  archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
 
[Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure]
 
for'bearer1
 
n
 
for'bearingly1
 
adv

forbear2 (ˈfɔːˌbɛə)
 
n
a variant spelling of forebear

forebear or forbear (ˈfɔːˌbɛə)
 
n
an ancestor; forefather
 
forbear or forbear
 
n

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

forbear
late 15c., from fore "before" + be-er "one who exists."
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Example sentences
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.
Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
So it may forbear, and the consequence may be inflation.
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