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forbore

[fawr-bawr, -bohr] /fɔrˈbɔr, -ˈboʊr/
verb
1.
simple past tense of forbear1 .

forbear1

[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 of forbear1
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.
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Examples from the Web for forbore
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  • He said this so naturally that Gladsden knew he was not threatening wantonly, and so firmly that he forbore to argue with him.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • He was impelled to recapitulate his injunctions; but he forbore.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • I forbore to press him with the consequences, which he seemed to feel; and then I told him what was my belief.

  • De Windt shook his head, but forbore to utter his incredulity.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • She stopped there and waited, but all the assent she got from Portia was that she forbore to change the subject.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • I closed my eyes in absolute fear, and forbore further inquiry.

    Impressions of America Tyrone Power
  • During a twelvemonth Ali Baba forbore to go near the forest, but at length his curiosity incited him to make another journey.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • As it was, he half suspected the truth, and forbore to question Jamie further.

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • At the same time Whistler was head in drawing, and it may be that Weir forbore in his case.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • "All right," said Ayrton, and forbore to press the matter further.

British Dictionary definitions for forbore

forbore

/fɔːˈbɔː/
verb
1.
the past tense of forbear1

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
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Word Origin and History for forbore

past tense of forbear (v.).

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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