Definition of forbear:
- An ancestor; a forefather; - usually in the plural.
- To cease from bearing.
- To control one's self when provoked.
- To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up; as, to forbear the use of a word of doubdtful propriety.
- To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
- To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
- To treat with consideration or indulgence.
- "The True George Washington [10th Ed.]", Paul Leicester Ford.
- "The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles", Padraic Colum.
Miss Laura coloured, then grew white, but the Captain was too experienced a man to show his triumph, though he could not forbear one shot: " If you will allow me, madam, I will go to my cabin, for I have been on the bridge all night."- "The Golden Rock", Ernest Glanville.