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refrain or abstain from; to forgo: I’ll forbear the dessert, thank you.
Not to be confused with:
forebear – ancestor; forefather; progenitor: My forbears came over on the Mayflower.
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v. for·bore (-bôr′), for·borne (-bôrn′), for·bear·ing, for·bears
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.
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).
Variant of forebear.
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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]
a variant spelling of forebear
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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Past participle: forborne
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|Noun||1.||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
|Verb||1.||forbear - refrain from doing; "she forbore a snicker"|
|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
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"
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
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forbear[fɔːˈbɛəʳ] (forbore (pt) (forborne (pp))) VI → contenerse
to forbear to do sth → abstenerse de hacer algo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
to forbear to do sth → s'abstenir de faire qch
to forbear from sth → s'abstenir de qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
forbear1 pret <forbore>, ptp <forborne> (form)
vi I forbore from expressing my opinion → ich verzichtete darauf or nahm Abstand davon, meine Meinung zu äußern; we begged him to forbear → wir baten ihn, darauf zu verzichten
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
forbear[fɔːˈbɛəʳ] (forbore (pt) (forborne (pp))) vi to forbear from doing, to forbear to do → astenersi dal fare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995