• WordNet 3.6
    • v forbear resist doing something "He refrained from hitting him back","she could not forbear weeping"
    • v forbear refrain from doing "she forbore a snicker"
    • n forbear a person from whom you are descended
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forbear fŏr*bâr" An ancestor; a forefather; -- usually in the plural. "Your forbears of old."
    • Forbear To cease from bearing. "Whenas my womb her burden would forbear ."
    • Forbear To control one's self when provoked. "The kindest and the happiest pair
      Will find occasion to forbear ."
      "Both bear and forbear ."
    • Forbear 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 .""The King
      In open battle or the tilting field Forbore his own advantage."
    • Forbear To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay. "Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear ?"
    • Forbear To refuse; to decline; to give no heed. "Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear ."
    • Forbear To treat with consideration or indulgence. "Forbearing one another in love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forbear To refrain from; abstain from; omit; avoid the doing or use of.
    • forbear To spare; excuse; treat indulgently.
    • forbear To refrain; abstain; decline; stop; cease; hold off or back.
    • forbear To be patient; endure; restrain one's self from action or from violence.
    • forbear Synonyms To abstain, give over, desist, stay, leave off.
    • n forbear See forebear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Forbear for-bār′ to keep one's self in check: to abstain
    • v.t Forbear to abstain from: to avoid voluntarily: to spare, to withhold
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.”
  • Ovid
    “Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many.”
  • Epictetus
    “The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “The wise man... if he would live at peace with others, he will bear and forbear.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. forberen, AS. forberan,; pref. for-, + beran, to bear. See Bear to support


In literature:

There are griefs too sacred to be babbled to the world; and there may be loves which one would forbear to whisper even to a friend.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
Forbearance henceforth was to be part of her discipline.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
It is an imitation of the forbearance of God towards his rebellious creatures.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Why need she have cared for his forbearance toward the rapt devotee?
"A Chance Acquaintance" by W. D. Howells
I was not sufficiently forbearing.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The forbearance of the Confederate Government, under the circumstances, is perhaps unexampled in history.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
He plead for forbearance.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
I meant to be gentle and forbearing, but strong passion rushed over me like a whirlwind.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
I could grow eloquent on the subject, but forbear.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
Her class-mates could not forbear teasing her a little.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
One regrets that Luther did not know Erasmus better, or knowing him, should not have treated him with more forbearance.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
He engaged in the rebellion of 1715, yet by the forbearance of Government was permitted to retain his title and estate.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
Several of the newspapers in the Province commended his forbearance, and contrasted his conduct with that of his enemies.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Upon my faith, I can not forbear patting your head {for it}.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
These may require diplomacy and forbearance among the powers.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
My forbears were all fighters or educators, except for an occasional statesman or banker.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Th' 'ast dar'd too far; but, fury, now forbear, I.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Very likely his attitude was not one to tempt the forbearance of angry opponents.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
He felt a dismal conviction that his success would have to depend, not on his own cunning, but on the forbearance or blindness of others.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
This was not my only escape, but I forbear to speak of them.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 5, May 1810" by Various

In poetry:

Rest, dearest one, may angel host
Their vigils o'er thee keep,
How can I breath thy saintly name
And yet forbear to weep?
"Motherly Emotions" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Canst thou for ever sit and bear
Thine holy name profaned?
And still thy jealousy forbear,
And still withhold thine hand?
"Psalm LXXIV: Will God For Ever Cast Us Off?" by Isaac Watts
Canst thou for ever sit and hear
Thine holy name profaned?
And still thy jealousy forbear,
And still withhold thine hand?
"Psalm 74" by Isaac Watts
"Thou, the patient Heaven upbraiding,"
Spake a solemn Voice within;
"Weary of our Lord's forbearance,
Art thou free from sin?
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Even fond turtle—doves forbear
To coo till woods are warm:
Thou hast the heart to love and pair
Ere the cherry blossoms swarm.
"A March Minstrel" by Alfred Austin
"And for thyself, I pray forbear,
Bethink thee of thy Lord,
Who healed again the smitten ear,
And sheathed His follower's sword.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Ruthlessness becomes forbearance, guilt is innocence, and whites who "discredit blacks and deny their difficulties" are really only suffering a form of denial that "to blacks.
In Oga, in northern Japan, Ryoko Mori, a Buddhist priest, visited a household, marking the anniversary of a forbear's death.
One of the most striking features of the turn the presidential race has taken since the first debate in Denver is the forbearance of conservatives toward Mitt Romney's turn toward a more moderate tone.
Sallie Mae Student Loan Borrowers who Suspend Their Payments Won't be Required to Pay Forbearance Fees Until After They Resume Regular Payments.
Sallie Mae Updates Forbearance Policy After Backlash.
Freddie Mac extends forbearance for jobless borrowers.
Freddie Mac announced Friday that it is giving mortgage servicers authority to give unemployed borrowers with Freddie Mac owned or guaranteed mortgages six month of forbearance without prior approval from the giant mortgage lender.
LLC announced that it has entered into a forbearance agreement with its revolving and term lenders.
They could have maintained a gentlemanly forbearance.
So far, the occupation encampments of the "American autumn" have been treated with far more official forbearance.
Bless the troops for their bravery and forbearance.
Understand the Pros and Cons of Deferment and Forbearance.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday secured more time to solve its debt problems through a restructuring plan, with lenders granting a 90-day forbearance agreement.
Pride in One's Forbears, West Kentucky Highland Festival 2012.
The first thing to be said about J. Edgar, the biopic about the late FBI director, is that it is an unexpectedly forbearing, even pitying look at J.

In science:

We are grateful to: Gary Bower, Reinhard Brinkman, Jean-Pierre Delahaye, Gilbert Guignard, Tor Raubenheimer, Ron Ruth, Nobu Toge, Nick Walker, to many more for lively contributions to the discussion, and to countless others for their patience, forbearance and good humour during our proceedings.
Summary of Discussion Question 4: Energy Expandability of a Linear Collider