forebear

Your father, grandmother, and great grandfather are all your forebears. A forebear is an ancestor, or someone you are descended from.

You might have thought that forebear means to stop yourself from doing something. The word you are thinking of is forbear. Confused? The "e" makes all of the difference here. Whereas the first is a noun, the second is a verb. Just remember that if you see fore like in before, it's the people who came before you.

Definitions of forebear
  1. noun
    a person from whom you are descended
    synonyms: forbear
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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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