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forebear

[fawr-bair, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌbɛər, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
Usually, forebears. ancestors; forefathers.
Also, forbear.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; Middle English (Scots), equivalent to fore- fore- + -bear being, variant of beer; see be, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for fore bear

forebear

/ˈfɔːˌbɛə/
noun
1.
an ancestor; forefather
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Word Origin and History for fore bear

forebear

see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.

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