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Meaning of forbear

for•bear

Pronunciation: (fôr-bâr'), [key]
— v., -bore, -borne, -bear•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
  2. to keep back; withhold.
  3. to endure.
—v.i.
  1. to refrain; hold back.
  2. to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.

for•bear

Pronunciation: (fôr'bâr"), [key]
— n.
  1. forebear.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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