Forbear For*bear" (f[o^]r*b[^a]r"), v. i. [imp. {Forbore}({Forbare}, [Obs.]); p. p. {Forborne}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forbearing}.] [OE. forberen, AS. forberan; pref. for- + beran to bear. See {Bear} to support.] 1. To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay. [1913 Webster]

Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? --1 Kings xxii. 6. [1913 Webster]

2. To refuse; to decline; to give no heed. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. --Ezek. ii. 7. [1913 Webster]

3. To control one's self when provoked. [1913 Webster]

The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Both bear and forbear. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

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