(third-person singular simple present forbears, present participle forbearing, simple past forbore, past participle forborne)
- To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
- (intransitive) To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
- (intransitive) To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
- (intransitive) To control oneself when provoked.
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?]