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  • n. Plural form of forbear.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of forbear.


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  • What genuinely seems to set us apart from many of our forbears is the likelihood that we will remain mobile and vigorous well into our elder years, an advantage we can turn to constructive public purpose if we wish.

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  • All his life long he was the singer of a parish -- the last of a long line of "forbears" who had used the

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  • Glenlivet and her daughters received the intelligence that the only son of the house was about to bring an English bride to the grey old Scotch mansion where so many generations of his "forbears" had lived and died.

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  • Our pious and God-fearing "forbears," having secured personal and religious liberty, proceeded to inaugurate a most successful and remunerative trade in rum and slaves.

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  • I had eight forbears at King's Mountain for the little set to with the Tories, and seven at the battle of the Cow Pens.

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  • Up until September of 2010, these recordings were exclusively housed at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, but now anyone with a computer can log on and listen to their forbears express their heroic dreams for a bright new future.

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  • As the sea calls to the sailor, so calls the land to them; and, deep down in their aborted and decaying carcasses, they are stirred strangely by the peasant memories of their forbears who lived before cities were.


  • Steward, Kwaque, Cocky, and Scraps, and he ran with it as ancient forbears had ran with their own kind in the hunting.


  • Wherefore, probably, he practised his iron inhibition and preached it to others, and preferred women of his own type, who could shake free of this bestial and regrettable ancestral line and by discipline and control emphasize the wideness of the gulf that separated them from what their dim forbears had been.


  • Now his greatest virtue lay in this: he had not become hardened in the mould baked by his several forbears and into which he had been pressed by his mother's hands.



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