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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.

Synonyms:

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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