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forbear

verb [I] uk   /fɔːˈbeər/ us    /fɔːrˈber/ (forbore, forborne) formal
to prevent yourself from saying or doing something, especially in a way that shows control, good judgment, or kindness to others: His plan was such a success that even his original critics could scarcely forbear from congratulating him. The doctor said she was optimistic about the outcome of the operation but forbore to make any promises at this early stage.

forbear

noun [C usually plural] uk   /ˈfɔː.beər/ us    /ˈfɔːr.ber/
a forebear
Translations of “forbear”
in Chinese (Traditional) 自製,克制…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自制,克制…
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