from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of forbear1.

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  • v. Simple past of forbear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of forbear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit of forbear.


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  • It is true that, in deference to the prejudices of their Hindu neighbours in these ignorant wilds, they forbore from the sacred cow, but tinned substitutes offered sufficient opportunity for homage to British instincts.

    Love and Life Behind the Purdah

  • He therefore prudently forbore, that is to say, as much as he could forbear, to show any signs of his attachment to Rose, till he had full opportunity of forming a decisive judgment of her character.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 02

  • But I do know that I used the word 'forbore' for the first time the other day and I'm 80% or more through!

    :Acquired Taste

  • Lewis forbore because he knew, he had known, and he lacked the time.

    While the Hail Was Falling « Unknowing

  • I sighed; but my father kindly forbore to question me further concerning the cause of my dejection.

    Chapter 1

  • Ever patient, he forbore to criticise and we moved on to the verb “to play.”

    Exit the Actress

  • The disclosure of Mab's whereabouts trembled on Daylight's lips, but he forbore.

    Chapter XXIV

  • And so, favoured child of the sun, out of munificence of energy and sheer joy of living, he, the man of many millions, forbore on his far way to play the game with Harrison J. Griffiths for a paltry sum.


  • The Bishop was silent, and for once Ernest forbore to press the point.

    Chapter 2: Challenges

  • Tyee looked at Aab-Waak with awe-struck eyes, but forbore to speak.



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