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forbear


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forbear  \For*bear"\,  n.  [See  {Fore},  and  {Bear}  to  produce.] 
  An  ancestor;  a  forefather;  --  usually  in  the  plural.  [Scot.] 
  ``Your  forbears  of  old.''  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forbear  \For*bear"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Forbore}({Forbare},  [Obs.]); 
  p.  p.  {Forborne};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Forbearing}.]  [OE. 
  forberen  AS  forberan;  pref.  for-  +  beran  to  bear.  See 
  {Bear}  to  support.] 
  1.  To  refrain  from  proceeding;  to  pause;  to  delay. 
 
  Shall  I  go  against  Ramoth-gilead  to  battle,  or  shall 
  I  forbear?  --1  Kinds 
  xxii.  6. 
 
  2.  To  refuse;  to  decline  to  give  no  heed. 
 
  Thou  shalt  speak  my  words  unto  them  whether  they 
  will  hear,  or  whether  they  will  forbear.  --Ezek.  ii 
  7. 
 
  3.  To  control  one's  self  when  provoked. 
 
  The  kindest  and  the  happiest  pair  Will  find  occasion 
  to  forbear.  --Cowper. 
 
  Both  bear  and  forbear.  --Old  Proverb. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forbear  \For*bear"\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  keep  away  from  to  avoid;  to  abstain  from  to  give  up 
  as  to  forbear  the  use  of  a  word  of  doubdtful  propriety. 
 
  But  let  me  that  plunder  forbear.  --Shenstone. 
 
  The  King  In  open  battle  or  the  tilting  field  Forbore 
  his  own  advantage.  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  To  treat  with  consideration  or  indulgence. 
 
  Forbearing  one  another  in  love.  --Eph.  iv  2. 
 
  3.  To  cease  from  bearing.  [Obs.] 
 
  Whenas  my  womb  her  burden  would  forbear.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forbear 
  n  :  a  person  from  whom  you  are  descended  [syn:  {forebear}] 
  v  :  not  do  something  "He  refrained  from  hitting  him  back"  [syn: 
  {refrain},  {forebear}]  [ant:  {act}] 




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