Forbear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːrˈber|  American pronunciation of the word forbear
Brit.  |fɔːˈbɛː|  British pronunciation of the word forbear


- a person from whom you are descended (syn: forebear)


- refrain from doing
- resist doing something(syn: refrain)


He carefully forbore any mention of her name for fear of upsetting them.

We decided to forbear provoking him any further.

We decided to forbear from provoking him any further.

He forebore to mention her name.

I forbore to comment on this.

He decided to forbear from interfering.

Clara forbore to mention his name.

How shall I forbear from tears when we part?

It is also in his power to forbear excess in eating.

No man could forbear weeping, his conveyance was so affecting.

cannot forbear to close on this redolent literary note

Word forms

I/you/we/they: forbear
he/she/it: forbears
present participle: forbearing
past tense: forbore
past participle: forborne
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