for·bear /fɔrˈbær, fɚ/
For·bear n. An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural. [Scot.] [Also spelled forebear.] “Your forbears of old.”
For·bear v. i. [imp. Forbore (Forbare [Obs.]); p. p. Forborne p. pr. & vb. n. Forbearing.]
1. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? --1 Kings 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.
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 doubtful propriety.
But let me that plunder forbear. --Shenstone.
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.
n : a person from whom you are descended [syn: forebear]
v : not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she
could not forbear weeping" [syn: refrain] [ant: act]
[also: forborne, forbore]