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Meaning of FORBEAR

Pronunciation:  for'behr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person from whom you are descended
  2. [v]  not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"

FORBEAR is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: forebear, refrain
 Antonyms: act, move
 See Also: abstain, ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, grandparent, great grandparent, help, help oneself, let it go, root, save, sit out, spare, stand by



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \For*bear"\, n. [See {Fore}, and {Bear} to produce.]
    An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural. [Scot.]
    ``Your forbears of old.'' --Sir W. Scott.
  2. \For*bear"\, v. i. [imp. {Forbore}({Forbare}, [Obs.]);
    p. p. {Forborne}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forbearing}.] [OE.
    forberen, AS. forberan; pref. for- + beran to bear. See
    {Bear} to support.]
    1. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
             Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall
             I forbear?                            --1 Kinds
                                                   xxii. 6.
    2. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
             Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they
             will hear, or whether they will forbear. --Ezek. ii.
    3. To control one's self when provoked.
             The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion
             to forbear.                           --Cowper.
             Both bear and forbear.                --Old Proverb.
  3. \For*bear"\, v. t.
    1. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up;
       as, to forbear the use of a word of doubdtful propriety.
             But let me that plunder forbear.      --Shenstone.
             The King In open battle or the tilting field Forbore
             his own advantage.                    --Tennyson.
    2. To treat with consideration or indulgence.
             Forbearing one another in love.       --Eph. iv. 2.
    3. To cease from bearing. [Obs.]
             Whenas my womb her burden would forbear. --Spenser.
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