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

  • v. Past participle of forbear1.

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  • v. Past participle of forbear

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of forbear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Past participle of forbear.


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  • As it is in the body, it is not enough that the disease be stopped, but it must grow in health; so in the soul, it is not enough that acts of sin be forborne, which is stopping a disease, but it must be healthy, and grow in holiness.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • Factory farms are also major contributors to the increasing risk of forborne illness in the U.S. poultry has been and remains the number one culprit, they fuel the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and causes unthinkable suffering for animals.

    Alexis Stewart: Celebrating the Holidays Sensibly

  • While he was mostly calling to task fellow leftists for deserting what he saw as a vital cause, I felt that he spoke to all who had at least forborne in our military actions to account.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Whelan v. publius Post-Script:

  • Camilla, distressed, hung her head, and would have forborne making any answer.


  • My good Mr. Tyrrel, I can assure you he does not think that you have forborne him at all, and he has no purpose to forbear you; and I must either carry back a sufficient apology, or you must meet in a quiet way, with a good friend on each side. —

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • To herself, Mrs. Berlinton said, the evil of this transaction had been over, while yet it was unknown; she had heard it, therefore, in silence, and forborne unavailing reproach.


  • Perhaps Douban wished he had forborne this question, for, in the very moment when he put it, the door of the chamber opened, and the Emperor entered, with his daughter hanging upon his arm, dressed with simplicity, yet with becoming splendour.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • “Silly boy,” at length said Sir John, who had for some time forborne the stripling, “take, then, thy death from a noble hand, since thou preferrest that to peace and length of days.”

    Castle Dangerous

  • Then he embraced them both and entreated them lovingly, saying to them, “I thought not that ye would have left me desolate by your absence nor that ye would have forborne to come and visit me and your mother.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Nor will this appear so slight a circumstance as to be unworthy of mention, when it is remembered that the caravan was in uneasy motion all the time, and that none but a person of great natural stateliness and acquired grace could have forborne to stagger.

    The Old Curiosity Shop


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