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Definition of forbear:

  1. An ancestor; a forefather; - usually in the plural.
  2. To cease from bearing.
  3. To control one's self when provoked.
  4. To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from; to give up; as, to forbear the use of a word of doubdtful propriety.
  5. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.
  6. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed.
  7. To treat with consideration or indulgence.


hold off, withhold, stop, keep back, forebear, desist, abstain, restrain, hold, arrest, retain, conceal, hold back, check, wait, refrain, restraint, contain, turn back, keep, hold in.

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