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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 for·bear /fɔrˈbær, fɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 For·bear n.  An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural. [Scot.] [Also spelled forebear.]  “Your forbears of old.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 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) 2.0

      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]