When a teacher says, "Bear with me for a moment," while he writes on the board, he is asking for the class's forbearance. He wants them to wait patiently during the delay.

Forbearance also has a more technical, legal meaning — if you are owed money and you give someone extra time to get it to you, you're showing them forbearance. The word has nothing to do with actual bears, but if you think of one slumbering through its winter hibernation, that might help remember its meaning.

Definitions of forbearance

n a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting

“his forbearance to reply was alarming”
Type of:
delay, holdup
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

n good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

longanimity, patience
a dislike of anything that causes delay
Type of:
good nature
a cheerful, obliging disposition

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