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Noun forebear has 1 sense
  1. forebear, forbear - a person from whom you are descended
    --1 is a kind of ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root
    --1 has particulars: grandparent; great grandparent

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1. A person from whom one is descended; an ancestor.

Example sentence: My forebears immigrated to this country many generations ago.

2. A person who came before; a predecessor.

Example sentence: The invention of the wheel is seen as a great achievement by our forebears.


1. To refrain from; to abstain or desist from.

Example sentence: It is advisable to forebear from making hasty decisions when you are angry.

2. To be patient or tolerant; to bear or endure.

Example sentence: We need to forebear the hardships and remain focused on our goals.

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