There are 2 definitions of forbear in English:

forbear1

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Pronunciation: /fɔːˈbɛː
 
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verb (past forbore /-ˈbɔː/; past participle forborne /-ˈbɔːn/)

[no object]
  • Politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something; refrain: [with infinitive]: he modestly forbears to include his own work
    More 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.
    Synonyms
    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
    informal lay off, leave off, swear off
    British informal give over, jack in
    nautical slang belay

Origin

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).

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There are 2 definitions of forbear in English:

forbear2

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːbɛː
 
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