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[fawr-bair, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌbɛər, ˈfoʊr-/
Usually, forebears. ancestors; forefathers.
Also, forbear.
Origin of forebear
1425-75; Middle English (Scots), equivalent to fore- fore- + -bear being, variant of beer; see be, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forebear
  • Our forebear might even teach us a few old tricks that could be used to help the living.
  • Bush is a surprising forebear of the freewheeling netizen.
  • Take, for instance, an intellectual forebear of the tire slasher film: killer-car movies.
  • Two dimly lighted, sparely decorated rooms with enormous ceiling fans and more space than the restaurant's downtown forebear.
  • At a later stage its embryonic gill slits would recall a piscine forebear, a later step in evolution.
British Dictionary definitions for forebear


an ancestor; forefather
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Word Origin and History for forebear

see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.

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