forborne [fawr-bawrn, -bohrn] SynonymsExamples verb

  1. past participle of forbear1.

forbear 1[fawr-bair] verb (used with object), for·bore, for·borne, for·bear·ing.

  1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
  2. to keep back; withhold.
  3. Obsolete. to endure.

verb (used without object), for·bore, for·borne, for·bear·ing.

  1. to refrain; hold back.
  2. to be patient or self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation.

Origin of forbear 1 before 900; Middle English forberen, Old English forberan. See for-, bear1 Related formsfor·bear·er, nounfor·bear·ing·ly, adverbnon·for·bear·ing, adjectivenon·for·bear·ing·ly, adverbun·for·bear·ing, adjectiveSynonyms for forbear 1. forgo, sacrifice, renounce. Related Words for forborne decline, inhibit, abstain, stop, avoid, omit, escape, forgo, refrain, withhold, desist, pause, cease, evade, eschew, shun, restrain, curb, keep, bridle Examples from the Web for forborne Historical Examples of forborne

  • He had forborne, as we have seen, to tell Julia his former tidings.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop’s Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • At the time he was ashamed to seem too eager and had forborne to question further.

    “Unto Caesar”

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • She had been there once already, but seeing him asleep, she had forborne to wake him.

    Trent’s Trust and Other Stories

    Bret Harte

  • Yes, yes, it was for her sake that he had forborne to speak.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The labours of the husbandman and the artificer she has forborne.

    Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber

    James Aitken Wylie

  • British Dictionary definitions for forborne forborne verb

    1. the past participle of forbear 1

    forbear 1 verb -bears, -bearing, -bore or -borne

    1. (when intr, often foll by from or an infinitive) to cease or refrain (from doing something)
    2. archaic to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc)

    Derived Formsforbearer, nounforbearingly, adverbWord Origin for forbear Old English forberan; related to Gothic frabairan to endure forbear 2 noun

    1. a variant spelling of forebear

    Word Origin and History for forborne forbear v.

    “to abstain,” Old English forberan “bear up against, control one’s feelings, endure,” from for- + beran “to bear” (see bear (v.)). Related: Forbearer; forbearing; forbore.

    forbear n.

    “ancestor,” late 15c., from fore “before” + be-er “one who exists;” agent noun from be.

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