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
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n a person from whom you are descended

Synonyms:
forbear
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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