verb (past forbore; past participle forborne)[no object] • literary or • formal
- 1Politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something; refrain: the boy forbore from touching anything [with infinitive]: he modestly forbears to include his own workMore example sentences
- Sidroc's anger now was only a small part of what he bore for Toki, and the reasons he forbore from killing him must be equally deep and old.
- I have forborne from commenting on the latest media circus about Australia's Governor General because of its sheer absurdity but I suppose I should devote a few words to it.
- So, having fastened her window, she forbore to close the shutters, and, propped against the pillows, she lay looking out through the window's casement, entranced by the view, the peace and beauty of that rural summer night.
- 1.1 [with object] Refrain from doing or using (something): Rebecca could not forbear a smileMore example sentences
- I know that for myself it makes no difference whether I do or forbear those actions which are reckoned excellent.
- I cannot forbear observing the philosophical significance of the fact that Autobiography fails to include a photograph of LeWitt himself.
- Still, I could not forbear asking one more question as he walked away.