Definition of forbear verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

forbear

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forbear
BrE BrE//fɔːˈbeə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈber//
 
he / she / it forbears
BrE BrE//fɔːˈbeəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈberz//
 
past simple forbore
BrE BrE//fɔːˈbɔː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈbɔːr//
 
past participle forborne
BrE BrE//fɔːˈbɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈbɔːrn//
 
-ing form forbearing
BrE BrE//fɔːˈbeərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈberɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//fɔːˈbeə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈber//
 
(forbore
BrE BrE//fɔːˈbɔː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈbɔːr//
 
, forborne
BrE BrE//fɔːˈbɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈbɔːrn//
 
)
[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to stop yourself from saying or doing something that you could or would like to say or do forbear (from something/from doing something) He wanted to answer back, but he forbore from doing so. forbear to do something She forbore to ask any further questions.
Word Originverb Old English forberan (from for- and bear(verb)). The original senses were ‘endure, bear with’, hence ‘endure the absence of, do without’, also ‘control oneself’, hence ‘refrain from’ (Middle English).
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