What does forbear mean?

Definitions for forbear
ˈfɔrˌbɛərfor·bear

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forebear, forbear(verb)

    a person from whom you are descended

  2. forbear, hold back(verb)

    refrain from doing

    "she forbore a snicker"

  3. refrain, forbear(verb)

    resist doing something

    "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forbear(noun)

    an ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural

  2. Forbear(verb)

    to refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay

  3. Forbear(verb)

    to refuse; to decline; to give no heed

  4. Forbear(verb)

    to control one's self when provoked

  5. Forbear(verb)

    to keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up; as, to forbear the use of a word of doubdtful propriety

  6. Forbear(verb)

    to treat with consideration or indulgence

  7. Forbear(verb)

    to cease from bearing

  8. Origin: [See Fore, and Bear to produce.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forbear

    for-bār′, v.i. to keep one's self in check: to abstain.—v.t. to abstain from: to avoid voluntarily: to spare, to withhold.—n. Forbear′ance, exercise of patience: command of temper: clemency.—adjs. Forbear′ant, Forbear′ing, long-suffering: patient.—adv. Forbear′ingly. [A.S. forberan, pa.t. forbær, pa.p. forboren. See pfx. for- and bear.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forbear in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forbear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of forbear in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Shober:

    The mission before us as ambassadors is to assure peace among, as it were, the diplomatic corps of fellow ambassadors. Thus we are to walk in lowliness (humility) and meekness, which foster longsuffering and enable us to forbear one another in love.

  2. Thomas Carlyle:

    If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    There is no observation more frequently made by such as employ themselves in surveying the conduct of mankind, than that marriage, though the dictate of nature, and the institution of Providence, is yet very often the cause of misery, and that those who enter into that state can seldom forbear to express their repentance, and their envy of those whom either chance or caution hath withheld from it.

  4. Robert Burns:

    The great Creator to revereMust sure become the creatureBut still the preaching cant forbear,And ev'n the rigid featureYet ne'er with wits profane to rangeBe complaisance extendedAn atheist laugh's a poor exchangeFor deity offended.

  5. Matthew Prior:

    Forbear to mention what thou canst not praise.

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  • контролирам се, страня от, отбягвам, въздържам сеBulgarian
  • vzdát, zdržet se, vyhnout seCzech
  • abstenerse, retenerseSpanish
  • ez eginBasque
  • itsensä, välttää, hillitä, estää, kieltäytyä, pidättyä, estyäFinnish
  • se retenir, éviter, refréner, décliner, ajourner, refuser, garder son sang froid, s'abstenirFrench
  • tartózkodikHungarian
  • menahan diriIndonesian
  • zich onthoudenDutch
  • избегать, [[проявлять]] [[терпение]], воздерживаться, [[контролировать]] [[себя]], [[быть]] [[терпеливыйRussian
  • låta bliSwedish

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