AskDefine | Define forbear

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forbear n : a person from whom you are descended [syn: forebear] v : not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping" [syn: refrain] [ant: act] [also: forborne, forbore]

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Etymology 1

Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan to endure, do without, from for- + beran to bear


  1. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
  2. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
  3. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
  4. To control one's self when provoked.

Etymology 2

Alternative spelling of forebear.


  1. Forebear, ancestor.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abstain, abstain from, avoid, be patient, bear, bear with composure, bridle, carry on, carry through, cease, curb, desist, dispense with, do without, endure, escape, eschew, evade, forgive, forgo, give quarter, have mercy upon, have pity, hold, hold aloof from, hold back, hold off, inhibit, keep, keep back, keep from, keep in hand, let alone, let go by, let up on, melt, never touch, not touch, not use, pardon, pass up, refrain, refrain from, relax, relent, reprieve, reserve, restrain, sacrifice, save, shun, spare, stand aloof from, suffer, take pity on, thaw, tolerate, wait, wait it out, waive, withhold
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