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forbear (v.)

"to abstain," Old English forberan "bear up against, control one's feelings, abstain from, refrain; tolerate, endure" (past tense forbær, past participle forboren), from for- + beran "to bear" (see bear (v.)). Related: Forbearer; forbearing; forbore. Of similar formation are Old High German ferberen, Gothic frabairan "to endure."

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Definitions of forbear
1
forbear (v.)
refrain from doing;
she forbore a snicker
Synonyms: hold back
forbear (v.)
resist doing something;
she could not forbear weeping
Synonyms: refrain
2
forbear (n.)
a person from whom you are descended;
Synonyms: forebear
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