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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A person from whom you are descended v. - Resist doing something; Refrain from doing.

Usage examples (24)
  • The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear.
  • Besides, this will teach him to forbear, which is an habit of greatest use for health of body and mind too.
  • If they thought it of value, they were to pay him accordingly; if not, they were to "forbear" -- that is, to give nothing.
  • -- I wept for a dear warrior once; and did the sword forbear so just a heart? for more
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  • Sometimes you have to "forbear" (to refrain from; to avoid) from impatience when your grandmother talks about your famous "forebear." (an ancestor)
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