forbear

When you forbear, you hold yourself back from doing something. If you're mad at your best friend, you might forbear to return her text messages for a while.

If you forbear to giggle during your teacher's stern lecture, that's a good thing. You keep yourself from laughing out loud, even though that's instinctively what you want to do. The Old English root, forberan, means "control one's feelings, or tolerate." A less common way to use forbear is as a noun meaning "ancestor." So if you're refraining from reading about your ancestors, you can say you forbear to learn about your forbears.

Primary Meanings of forbear

1.
v
refrain from doing
2.
n
a person from whom you are descended
Full Definitions of forbear
1

v refrain from doing

“she forbore a snicker”
Synonyms:
hold back
Type of:
refrain
resist doing something

v resist doing something

“she could not forbear weeping”
Synonyms:
refrain
Antonyms:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Types:
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leave, leave alone, leave behind
leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking
let it go
not act
abstain
refrain from voting
save, spare
refrain from harming
hold back
refrain from doing
help, help oneself
abstain from doing; always used with a negative
stand by
not act or do anything
sit out
not participate in (an activity, such as a dance or a sports event)
let
leave unchanged
favor, favour
treat gently or carefully
2

n a person from whom you are descended

Synonyms:
forebear
Types:
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grandparent
a parent of your father or mother
great grandparent
a parent of your grandparent
gramps, grandad, granddad, granddaddy, grandfather, grandpa
the father of your father or mother
gran, grandma, grandmother, grannie, granny, nan, nanna
the mother of your father or mother
great grandmother
a mother of your grandparent
great grandfather
a father of your grandparent
Type of:
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

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