forbear, forebear

forbear, forebear
   The first is a verb meaning to cease or refrain from. The second is a noun and means ancestor.

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  • forbear / forebear —    Forbear means to refrain from : The children simply could not forbear laughing in the library.    A forebear is an ancestor or forefather: Our forebears who founded this country centuries ago …   Confused words

  • forbear / forebear —    Forbear means to refrain from : The children simply could not forbear laughing in the library.    A forebear is an ancestor or forefather: Our forebears who founded this country centuries ago …   Confused words

  • forbear, forebear — These words are tricky because forbear is a variant but correct spelling of forebear. A forebear is an ancestor, a forefather: Chinese are said to have great respect for their forebears. This man s forebears emigrated from Scotland. Forbear means …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • forbear, forebear —    The first is a verb meaning to cease or refrain from. The second is a noun and means ancestor …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • forbear — forbear, forebear 1. Forbear is a verb (pronounced with the stress on the second syllable) meaning ‘to abstain from, go without’ and is usually followed by to + infinitive or from + verb in ing: • He did not enquire after their progress and Nutty …   Modern English usage

  • forebear — forbear, forebear 1. Forbear is a verb (pronounced with the stress on the second syllable) meaning ‘to abstain from, go without’ and is usually followed by to + infinitive or from + verb in ing: • He did not enquire after their progress and Nutty …   Modern English usage

  • forebear — See forbear. See forbear, forebear …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • forbear — See forbear, forebear …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • forebear — see FORBEAR (Cf. forbear). Related: Forebearance; forebears …   Etymology dictionary

  • Forebear — Fore*bear , n. An ancestor. See {Forbear}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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