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Definition 1: a person from whom you are descended - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for forbear in the sense of this definition

(forbear is a kind of ...) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

(... is a kind of forbear ) a parent of your father or mother

(... is a kind of forbear ) a parent of your grandparent

Definition 2: resist doing something - [verb of stative]

Samples where forbear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for forbear in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of forbear ) leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking

"leave it as is" "leave the young fawn alone" "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"

(... is a kind of forbear ) not act

"He thought of a reply but let it go"

(... is a kind of forbear ) refrain from voting

(... is a kind of forbear ) refrain from harming

(... is a kind of forbear ) refrain from doing

"she forbore a snicker"

(... is a kind of forbear ) abstain from doing; always used with a negative

"I can't help myself--I have to smoke" "She could not help watching the sad spectacle"

(... is a kind of forbear ) not act or do anything

"He just stood by when the police beat up the demonstrators"

(... is a kind of forbear ) not participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event)

"He sat out the game"

Definition 3: refrain from doing - [verb of stative]

Samples where forbear or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she forbore a snicker

Synonyms for forbear in the sense of this definition

(forbear is a kind of ...) resist doing something

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

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