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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for forebears
  • New college-affiliated retirement communities are learning from their forebears.
  • He thinks it might be time to evaluate these modern intellectuals on the same bases that they enjoyed evaluating their forebears.
  • It did teach me history, which contained a chronology of racism endured by my forebears.
  • Claims that the new technological toys are less compelling and less interactive than their humble forebears.
  • The creature is believed to be a giant bipedal ape that could provide a link between humans and their forebears.
  • The two scientists have found fossil evidence that back trouble likely plagued our bipedal forebears.
  • The novel orchid might evolve in genetic isolation from its forebears-a prerequisite for creating a new species.
  • Both my life and my forebears' seem fairly steeped in tea.
  • Of course, no one knows whether scavenging reaped enough caloric and nutritional returns to make it worthwhile for our forebears.
  • Today's biological theories of violence are far more sophisticated than their forebears.
British Dictionary definitions for forebears


an ancestor; forefather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forebears


see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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