American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To refrain from; resist: forbear replying. See Synonyms at refrain1.
- v. To desist from; cease.
- v. Obsolete To avoid or shun.
- v. To hold back; refrain.
- v. To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation.
- n. Variant of forebear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To refrain from; abstain from; omit; avoid the doing or use of.
- To spare; excuse; treat indulgently.
- To refrain; abstain; decline; stop; cease; hold off or back.
- To be patient; endure; restrain one's self from action or from violence.
- Synonyms To abstain, give over, desist, stay, leave off.
- n. See forebear.
- v. transitive To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
- v. intransitive To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
- v. intransitive To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
- v. intransitive To control oneself when provoked.
- n. alternative spelling of forebear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural.
- v. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
- v. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
- v. To control one's self when provoked.
- v. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
- v. To treat with consideration or indulgence.
- v. obsolete To cease from bearing.
- v. refrain from doing
- n. a person from whom you are descended
- v. resist doing something
- From Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan ("to forbear, abstain from, refrain; suffer, endure, tolerate, humor; restrain; do without"), from Proto-Germanic *fraberanan (“to hold back, endure”), equivalent to for- + bear. Cognate with Old Frisian forbera ("to forfeit"), Middle High German verbërn ("to have not; abstain; refrain from; avoid"), Gothic (frabairan, "to endure"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forberen, from Old English forberan, to endure; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word forbear comes from the Middle English forberen, thence from the Old English forberan, both meaning to endure or to get through something, and to do so with grace and dignity.”
“If they thought it of value, they were to pay him accordingly; if not, they were to "forbear" -- that is, to give nothing.”
“-- I wept for a dear warrior once; and did the sword forbear so just a heart?”
“Besides, this will teach him to forbear, which is an habit of greatest use for health of body and mind too.”
“In Jehovahs name forbear; cried a shrill, but clear and melodious voice.”
“Under Genachowski's proposal, the FCC would apply only a small fraction of Title II's rules and exempt, or "forbear," those irrelevant to Internet access.”
“Applying the rule of thumb to the obscure word "forbear," how many reasons are there for the FCC to reject the deregulation petitions?”
“In this case, Verizon has asked the FCC to "forbear" from regulating some of the services it provides in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence and Virginia Beach.”
“Could she speak pleasantly to her aunt? could she even look pleasantly at her? could she "forbear" all unkindness, even in thought?”
“But the agency would "forbear" against using many of the Communications Act's common carrier rules, particularly those that empower the government to regulate prices.”
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