Forbear

Definition of Forbear

For`bear´   Pronunciation: fǒr`bâr´
n.1.An ancestor; a forefather; - usually in the plural.
v. i.1.To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
[imp. Forbore (Forbare ( ), [Obs.]); p. p. Forborne ; p. pr. & vb. n. Forbearing.]
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.
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.
Whenas my womb her burden would forbear.
- Spenser.

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