- Forbear is defined as to stop yourself from doing something.
An example of forbear is when you stop yourself from eating chocolate.
transitive verbforbore or Archaicforbare, forborne, forbearing
- to refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
- Now Chiefly Dial. to endure; tolerate
Origin of forbearMiddle English forberen ; from Old English forberan: see for- and amp; bear
- to refrain or abstain
- to keep oneself in check; control oneself under provocation
verbfor·bore , for·borne , for·bear·ing, for·bears
- To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain: forbear from making a comment.
- To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation.
- To refrain from; resist: forbore criticizing them.
- To restrain oneself so as not (to do something): “He saw that she was preoccupied, and forbore to question her” (Thomas Hardy).
Origin of forbearMiddle English forberen, from Old English forberan, to endure; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present forbears, present participle forbearing, simple past forbore, past participle forborne)
From Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan (“to forbear, abstain from, refrain; suffer, endure, tolerate, humor; restrain; do without”), from Proto-Germanic *fraberaną (“to hold back, endure”), equivalent to for- + bear. Cognate with Old Frisian forbera (“to forfeit”), Middle High German verbërn (“to have not; abstain; refrain from; avoid”), Gothic [script?] (frabairan, “to endure”). [script?]
- Alternative spelling of forebear.