HyperDic: forbear

English > 3 senses of the word forbear:
VERBstativeforbear, hold backrefrain from doing
stativeforbear, refrainresist doing something
NOUNperson forbear, forebeara person from whom you are descended
English > forbear: 3 senses > noun 1, person
MeaningA person from whom you are descended.
NarrowergrandparentA parent of your father or mother
great grandparentA parent of your grandparent
Broaderancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, rootsomeone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
English > forbear: 3 senses > verb 1, stative
MeaningRefrain from doing.
PatternSomebody ----s
Synonymhold back
Broaderrefrain, forbearResist doing something
English > forbear: 3 senses > verb 2, stative
MeaningResist doing something.
PatternSomebody ----s PP
Example "she could not forbear weeping"
NarrowerabstainRefrain from voting
forbear, hold backRefrain from doing
help oneself, helpAbstain from doing
leave, leave alone, leave behind, let aloneLeave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking
let it gonot act
sit outnot participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event)
spare, saveRefrain from harming
stand bynot act or do anything
Oppositeact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Spanishabstenerse, refrenarse
Catalanabstenir-se, refrenar-se
Nounsforbearancea delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges

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