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forbear

for·bear

forbear

 
 
pronunciation:
for beIr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: forbearing, forbears, forbore, forborne
definition: to keep or abstain from (an action or utterance); forgo.
I will forbear replying to that insult.
antonyms:
persist
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to hold oneself back.
Where others would indulge, he forbore.
similar words:
abstain, keep
definition 2: to show patience or tolerance in spite of provocation.
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derivations: forbearing (adj.), forbearingly (adv.), forbearer (n.)