forbear


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for·bear 1

 (fôr-bâr′)
v. for·bore (-bôr′), for·borne (-bôrn′), for·bear·ing, for·bears
v.intr.
1. To keep oneself from doing something; hold back; refrain: forbear from making a comment.
2. To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation.
v.tr.
1. To refrain from; resist: forbore criticizing them.
2. To restrain oneself so as not (to do something): "He saw that she was preoccupied, and forbore to question her" (Thomas Hardy).

[Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan, to endure; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

for·bear′er n.

for·bear 2

 (fôr′bâr′)
n.
Variant of forebear.

forbear

(fɔːˈbɛə)
vb, -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne
1. (when: intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) to cease or refrain (from doing something)
2. archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)
[Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure]
forˈbearer n
forˈbearingly adv

forbear

(ˈfɔːˌbɛə)
n
a variant spelling of forebear

for•bear1

(fɔrˈbɛər)

v. -bore, -borne, -bear•ing. v.t.
1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
2. Obs. to avoid; shun.
3. Obs. to endure.
v.i.
4. to refrain; hold back.
5. to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.
[before 900]
for•bear′er, n.

for•bear2

(ˈfɔrˌbɛər)

n.

forbear


Past participle: forborne
Gerund: forbearing

Imperative
forbear
forbear
Present
I forbear
you forbear
he/she/it forbears
we forbear
you forbear
they forbear
Preterite
I forbore
you forbore
he/she/it forbore
we forbore
you forbore
they forbore
Present Continuous
I am forbearing
you are forbearing
he/she/it is forbearing
we are forbearing
you are forbearing
they are forbearing
Present Perfect
I have forborne
you have forborne
he/she/it has forborne
we have forborne
you have forborne
they have forborne
Past Continuous
I was forbearing
you were forbearing
he/she/it was forbearing
we were forbearing
you were forbearing
they were forbearing
Past Perfect
I had forborne
you had forborne
he/she/it had forborne
we had forborne
you had forborne
they had forborne
Future
I will forbear
you will forbear
he/she/it will forbear
we will forbear
you will forbear
they will forbear
Future Perfect
I will have forborne
you will have forborne
he/she/it will have forborne
we will have forborne
you will have forborne
they will have forborne
Future Continuous
I will be forbearing
you will be forbearing
he/she/it will be forbearing
we will be forbearing
you will be forbearing
they will be forbearing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been forbearing
you have been forbearing
he/she/it has been forbearing
we have been forbearing
you have been forbearing
they have been forbearing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been forbearing
you will have been forbearing
he/she/it will have been forbearing
we will have been forbearing
you will have been forbearing
they will have been forbearing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been forbearing
you had been forbearing
he/she/it had been forbearing
we had been forbearing
you had been forbearing
they had been forbearing
Conditional
I would forbear
you would forbear
he/she/it would forbear
we would forbear
you would forbear
they would forbear
Past Conditional
I would have forborne
you would have forborne
he/she/it would have forborne
we would have forborne
you would have forborne
they would have forborne
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forbear - a person from whom you are descended
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
grandparent - a parent of your father or mother
great grandparent - a parent of your grandparent
Verb1.forbear - refrain from doing; "she forbore a snicker"
refrain, forbear - resist doing something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"
2.forbear - resist doing something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"
leave alone, leave behind, leave - leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking; "leave it as is"; "leave the young fawn alone"; "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
let it go - not act; "He thought of a reply but let it go"
abstain - refrain from voting
spare, save - refrain from harming
forbear, hold back - refrain from doing; "she forbore a snicker"
help oneself, help - abstain from doing; always used with a negative; "I can't help myself--I have to smoke"; "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"
stand by - not act or do anything; "He just stood by when the police beat up the demonstrators"
sit out - not participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event); "He sat out the game"

forbear

verb refrain, avoid, omit, hold back, stop, decline, pause, cease, withhold, abstain, eschew, keep from, resist the temptation to, desist, restrain yourself I forbore to comment on this.

forbear

verb
To hold oneself back:
Translations

forbear

[fɔːˈbɛəʳ] (forbore (pt) (forborne (pp))) VIcontenerse
to forbear to do sthabstenerse de hacer algo

forbear

[fɔːrˈbɛər] vi
to forbear to do sth → s'abstenir de faire qch
to forbear from sth → s'abstenir de qch

forbear

1 pret <forbore>, ptp <forborne> (form)
vi I forbore from expressing my opinionich verzichtete darauf or nahm Abstand davon, meine Meinung zu äußern; we begged him to forbearwir baten ihn, darauf zu verzichten
vt he forbore to make any commenter enthielt sich jeden Kommentars

forbear

2
n (form)Vorfahr(in) m(f), → Ahn(e) m, → Ahne f

forbear

[fɔːˈbɛəʳ] (forbore (pt) (forborne (pp))) vi to forbear from doing, to forbear to doastenersi dal fare
References in classic literature ?
Don't you feel that it is pleasanter to help one another, to have daily duties which make leisure sweet when it comes, and to bear and forbear, that home may be comfortable and lovely to us all?
At such moments I forbear to press the holy songs; but there are many sweet and comfortable periods of satisfactory communication, when the ears of the savages are astounded with the upliftings of our voices.
Pyncheon could scarcely forbear laughing in his face.
In that up and down manly book of old-fashioned adventure, so full, too, of honest wonders --the voyage of Lionel Wafer, one of ancient Dampier's old chums --I found a little matter set down so like that just quoted from Langsdorff, that I cannot forbear inserting it here for a corroborative example, if such be needed.
Mayhew having concluded his narration, Ahab put such questions to him, that the stranger captain could not forbear inquiring whether he intended to hunt the White Whale, if opportunity should offer.
But we forbear, out of sympathy to our readers' bones.
Sir, said Launcelot, I may as well find in my heart for to forbear him at this time, for he hath had travail enough this day, and when a good knight doth so well upon some day, it is no good knight's part to let him of his worship, and, namely, when he seeth a knight hath done so great labour; for peradventure, said Sir Launcelot, his quarrel is here this day, and peradventure he is best beloved with this lady of all that be here, for I see well he paineth himself and enforceth him to do great deeds, and therefore, said Sir Launcelot, as for me, this day he shall have the honour; though it lay in my power to put him from it, I would not.
Elinor's heart thanked her for such kindness towards Edward, though she could not forbear smiling at the form of it.
Man,' said the Ghost, `if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is.
The evening wind made such a disturbance just now, among some tall old elm-trees at the bottom of the garden, that neither my mother nor Miss Betsey could forbear glancing that way.
Agatha felt inclined to deny this; but, as it was true, she had to forbear.
His looks were not quite friendly, and I was so revolted at these constant changes that I could not forbear whispering, "So you've changed sides again.