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English noun: forbear

1. forbear (person) a person from whom you are descended


Broader (hypernym)ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root

Narrower (hyponym)grandparent, great grandparent

English verb: forbear

1. forbear (stative) refrain from doing

SamplesShe forbore a snicker.

Synonymshold back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)forbear, refrain

2. forbear (stative) resist doing something

SamplesHe refrained from hitting him back.
She could not forbear weeping.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)abstain, forbear, help, help oneself, hold back, leave, leave alone, leave behind, let it go, save, sit out, spare, stand by

Antonymsact, move

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