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FORBEAR (forbore, forborne)

 Dictionary entry overview: What does forbear mean? 

FORBEAR (noun)
  The noun FORBEAR has 1 sense:

1. a person from whom you are descended

  Familiarity information: FORBEAR used as a noun is very rare.


FORBEAR (verb)
  The verb FORBEAR has 2 senses:

1. refrain from doing
2. resist doing something

  Familiarity information: FORBEAR used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORBEAR (noun)


Sense 1forbear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person from whom you are descended

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

forbear; forebear

Hypernyms ("forbear" is a kind of...):

ancestor; antecedent; ascendant; ascendent; root (someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "forbear"):

grandparent (a parent of your father or mother)

great grandparent (a parent of your grandparent)


FORBEAR (verb)


Sense 1forbear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refrain from doing

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

forbear; hold back

Context example:

she forbore a snicker

Hypernyms (to "forbear" is one way to...):

forbear; refrain (resist doing something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2forbear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resist doing something

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

refrain; forbear

Context examples:

He refrained from hitting him back / she could not forbear weeping

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "forbear"):

stand by (not act or do anything)

help; help oneself (abstain from doing; always used with a negative)

forbear; hold back (refrain from doing)

save; spare (refrain from harming)

abstain (refrain from voting)

let it go (not act)

leave; leave alone; leave behind (leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking)

sit out (not participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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