Forbear meaning

fôr-bâr'
Forbear is defined as to stop yourself from doing something.

An example of forbear is when you stop yourself from eating chocolate.

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To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain.

Forbear from making a comment.

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To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation.
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To refrain from; resist.

Forbore criticizing them.

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To restrain oneself so as not (to do something).
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To refrain from; avoid or cease (doing, saying, etc.)
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To endure; tolerate.
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To refrain or abstain.
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To keep oneself in check; control oneself under provocation.
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To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
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(intransitive) To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
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(intransitive) To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
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(intransitive) To control oneself when provoked.
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Alternative spelling of forebear.
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Origin of forbear

  • Middle English forberen from Old English forberan to endure bher-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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?]
    From Wiktionary