from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To refrain from; resist: forbear replying. See Synonyms at refrain1.
- transitive v. To desist from; cease.
- transitive v. Obsolete To avoid or shun.
- intransitive v. To hold back; refrain.
- intransitive v. To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation.
- n. Variant of forebear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
- v. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
- v. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
- v. To control oneself when provoked.
- n. Alternative spelling of forebear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural.
- intransitive v. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
- intransitive v. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
- intransitive v. To control one's self when provoked.
- transitive v. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up.
- transitive v. To treat with consideration or indulgence.
- transitive v. To cease from bearing.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. refrain from doing
- n. a person from whom you are descended
- v. resist doing something
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)
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)