An example of forbear is when you stop yourself from eating chocolate.
Forbear from making a comment.
Forbore criticizing them.
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?]