Definition of forbear verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

forbear

 verb
verb
NAmE//fɔrˈbɛr//
 
, NAmE//fərˈbɛr//
 
[intransitive, transitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forbear
 
he / she / it forbears
 
past simple forbore
 
past participle forborne
 
-ing form forbearing
 
 
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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.
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