forbears (third person present) · forbore (past tense) · forbearing (present participle) · forborne (past participle)
  1. politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something; refrain.
    "he modestly forbears to include his own work"
    refrain · abstain · desist · keep · restrain oneself · stop oneself ·
    hold back · withhold · resist the temptation to · steer clear of · give a wide berth to · fight shy of · eschew · avoid · shun · decline to · cease · give up · break off · lay off · leave off · swear off · give over · jack in · belay
    persist in
    • refrain from doing or using (something).
      "Rebecca could not forbear a smile"
Old English forberan (see for-, bear1). The original senses were ‘endure, bear with’, hence ‘endure the absence of, do without’, also ‘control oneself’, hence ‘refrain from’ (Middle English).
forbears (plural noun)
  1. variant spelling of forebear.
(one's forebears)
forebears (plural noun) · forbear (noun) · forbears (plural noun)
  1. an ancestor.
    "generations of his forebears had lived in London"
late 15th century: from fore + bear, variant of obsolete beer ‘someone who exists’ (from be + -er1).
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he modestly forbears to include his own work.
Rebecca could not forbear a smile.
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Laguages Translations
Arabic (VERB)امتنع
Bangla অমায়িক
Bosnian (Latin) Suzdrži se
Bulgarian Ида
Cantonese (Traditional) 隱忍
Catalan n'estic
Chinese Simplified 隐忍
Chinese Traditional 隱忍
Croatian Suzdrži se
Czech nechati
Danish lade være
Dutch verdraagzaam
Estonian kannatasid
Fijian vosota toka mada
Filipino nagpigil
Finnish esi-isä
French (VERB)s'abstenir
German (VERB)umhin, verzichte, unterlassen
Greek Απέχω
Hebrew להבליג
Hindi पूर्वज
Hungarian hallgass
Icelandic fyrirbera
Indonesian menahan diri
Japanese 我慢します。
Kiswahili hawataki
Korean 삼가 다
Latvian atvairīt
Lithuanian kantrus
Malagasy hifehy tena
Norwegian Bokmål unnlate
Persian امساک کردن
Polish też, bo przecież
Portuguese conter
Querétaro Otomi tolerar
Romanian feri
Russian (VERB)удержаться
Samoan onosai
Serbian (Cyrillic) Зауставите се
Serbian (Latin) Zaustavite se
Slovak zdržať sa
Slovenian Pater
Spanish (VERB)abstengo, abstenerse, tolerar, evitar
Swedish underlåta
Tahitian sega
Tamil செய்திருப்பின்
Telugu తప్పింపకయుందునని
Tongan ta'ofi 'enau
Turkish sabretmek
Ukrainian утриматися
Urdu دبانا
Vietnamese tổ tiên
Welsh ddefnyddio
Yucatec Maya tolerar
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