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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of forebear.

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Examples

  • Even Sundry Buyers, who had drifted aft in his stupidity instead of being for'ard with his own officer, forebore to stare about and to press his abdomen.

    CHAPTER XXXVIII

  • So huge was Kit's disgust that he forebore to speak.

    THE MEAT

  • After Margaret had told me to be hard I watched Tom Spink with an eagle eye, and he must have sensed my attitude, for he carefully forebore from overstepping, while all the time he palpitated just on the edge of overstepping.

    CHAPTER XLV

  • He shook his head, and forebore in the act of speaking to lift his hand for me to listen.

    CHAPTER XXXIII

  • I wrote a little poem, when near seventy, on the 'Thetford Spa'; but dreading those snarling curs, the critics, forebore to affix my name to it.

    Letter 413

  • I forebore to mention that most of these knew a good deal more about managing themselves than did Campen.

    Artichoke

  • That he had discovered something when he rose, I saw at a glance, but I forebore to question him, knowing that if his discovery should ultimately fit into the pattern of his solution, he would reveal it in good time.

    Let Us Meet In The Afternoon

  • Prior Robert forebore from comment, though his silence bore a certain overtone of disapproval.

    His Disposition

  • As well as his oft quoted "A man's a man for a' that", and other egalitarian verses, Burns occasionally forebore from romantically addressing the lassies to ponder, albeit momentarily, on a vaguely proto-equality message as exhibited above.

    The Rights of Woman

  • The smith could hardly think that he looked upon the same passionate boy whom he had brushed off as he might a wasp that stung him, and, in mere compassion, forebore to despatch by treading on him.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

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