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Definitions of forbear

  1. To hold one's self in check; to abstain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up; as, to forbear the use of a word of doubdtful propriety. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To treat with consideration or indulgence. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To cease from bearing. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To abstain from; excuse; spare. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To abstain from; to avoid voluntarily; to spare, to withhold. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To abstain or refrain from. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To control one's self when provoked. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To restrain oneself; be patient. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To keep one's self in check; to abstain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To abstain; refrain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To abstain from; to spare; to treat with indulgence and patience. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To refrain from; to spare; to withhold; to stop or cease; to pause. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Forbearing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. a person from whom you are descended Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. An ancestor; a forefather; - usually in the plural. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. An ancestor. Also, forebear. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. A forefather; an ancestor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Forbore. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Forborne. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for forbear

  1. I could not forbear telling him who Mark was, and the mingled surprise and pleasure his face exhibited made me glad I had done so. – The Boys' Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine
  2. Pleased with the irritating effect her words had produced, Lucretia continued calmly, " If, in a word, I am to be a free agent in a choice on which my happiness depends, forbear to urge Sir Miles further at present; forbear to press your suit upon me. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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