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1. forbear

noun. a person from whom you are descended.

Synonyms

  • grandparent
  • ascendent
  • great grandparent
  • forebear
  • root
  • antecedent
  • ascendant

Antonyms

  • attack
  • lose
  • refrain
  • nonworker

Etymology

  • forberen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • forberan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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2. forbear

verb. refrain from doing.

Synonyms

  • refrain

Antonyms

  • disinherit
  • be born

Etymology

  • forberen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • forberan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. forbear

verb. resist doing something.

Synonyms

  • help
  • sit out
  • refrain
  • help oneself
  • leave behind
  • save
  • spare
  • leave
  • leave alone
  • let it go
  • abstain
  • stand by

Antonyms

  • inactivity
  • disservice
  • worsen
  • consume

Etymology

  • forberen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • forberan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

Sentences with forbear


1. Verb, base form
If you only need forbearance for a few months, ask if you can forbear for a shorter period to save you from using up so much of your limited forbearance.

2. Adjective
As of 2014, Mercedes has introduced an all-new aluminum chassis that's 220 pounds lighter than its forbear, but the previous-generation car remains on sale.

3. Noun, singular or mass
One of the oldest known dog breeds, the modern Maltese is the same size as its ancient forbear.

4. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
When you forbear on a student loan, interest still accrues on your balance at its regular rate, even if your loan was subsidized.

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