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forbear

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Ideas are fatal to caste.
Edward M. Forster
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English

Etymology 1

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

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to forbear

Third person singular
forbears

Simple past
forbore

Past participle
forborne

Present participle
forbearing

to forbear (third-person singular simple present forbears, present participle forbearing, simple past forbore, past participle forborne)
  1. (transitive) To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
  2. (intransitive) To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
  3. (intransitive) To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
  4. (intransitive) To control oneself when provoked.

Etymology 2

Alternative spelling of forebear.

Alternative spellings

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈfɔː.bɛə/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈfɔɹ.bɛɹ/

Noun

Singular
forbear

Plural
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forbear ({{{1}}})
  1. Forebear, ancestor.
Translations
Quotations
  • [1906] 2004, Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville, Ethel Wedgwood tr.
    Sirs, I am quite sure that the King of England's forbears rightly and justly lost the conquered lands that I hold [...]
  • [1936] 2004, Raymond William Firth, We the Tikopia [1]
    One does not take one’s family name therefrom, and again the position of the mother in that group is determined through her father and his male forbears in turn; this too is a patrilineal group.
  • 1997, H. L. Hix, Understanding W. S. Merwin [2]
    Beginning with the bald declaration “I think I was cold in the womb,” the speaker in “The Forbears” then decides that his brother (who died soon after birth) must also have been cold in the womb, like his grandfather John and the forbears who antedated John:

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