Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
‡FORBEAR, v. Pa.t. †forboore (Abd. after 1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shep. MS. l. 1305).
Sc. usages, previously obs. in Eng.:
‡1. To endure, have patience with (m.Lth.1 1953).
Sc. 1824 Scott St Ronan's W. viii.:
I can scarce forbear the fellow.
†2. To let alone, abstain from, shun.
ne.Sc. 1714 R. Smith Poems 94:
Who snuff-mills steals, would not an Ox forbear. Sc. 1822 Scott F. Nigel xxv.:
I know all his haunts, and he cannot forbear them long.
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