Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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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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