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Forbear (impf. not used; partic. “forborne:” Ant. III, 13, 107) 1) tr. a) to abstain from: f. it therefore (i. e. lamenting) Meas. IV, 3, 129. “f. laughing,” LLL I, 1, 198. LLL I, 1, 198 “f. your food awhile,” As II, 7, 127. Tw. III, 2, 87. H6B IV, 10, 57. H6C IV, 1, 6. R3 I, 1, 104. Rom. III, 1, 90. Ant. II, 7, 104. III, 13, 107. Cymb. III, 5, 39. Per. II, 4, 41. 46 (corr. pass.). Followed by an infin.: “f. to glance thine eye aside,” Sonn. 139, 6. H6B III, 3, 31. IV, 7, 81. H6C IV, 1, 75. R3 IV, 4, 118.
b) to avoid, to leave alone: “f. his presence,” Lr. I, 2, 175. “f. me,” Ant. I, 2, 125. “f. me till anon,” II, 7, 44.
c) to spare, to let alone: “no fisher but the ungrown fry --s,” Ven. 526. “thou mightst my seat f.” Sonn. 41, 9. “canst thou not f. me half an hour,” H4B IV, 5, 110. “f. him,” Hml. V, 1, 296. “I did full hard f. him,” Oth. I, 2, 10. “ghost unlaid f. thee,” Cymb. IV, 2, 278.
2) intr. a) to abstain from doing what was purposed: “f.” Gentl. III, 1, 202. 204 (i. e. do not strike). “f., I say; it is my lord the duke,” V, 4, 122 (i. e. cease your crying). Wiv. II, 3, 17. IV, 1, 57. LLL V, 2, 439. Merch. III, 2, 3. As II, 7, 88. As II, 7, 88 Shr. III, 1, 1. Wint. V, 3, 80. R2 IV, 30. H6A III, 1, 105. IV, 7, 49. H6B II, 4, 58. III, 2, 46. H8 V, 3, 86. Tit. V, 2, 163. Lr. I, 1, 164. Oth. IV, 1, 53. Ant. I, 3, 11.
b) to be patient: “better f. till Proteus make return,” Gentl. II, 7, 14. “love, lend me patience to f. awhile,” V, 4, 27. “till he come home again, I would f.” Err. II, 1, 31. “I say, sing. F. till this company be past,” LLL I, 2, 131. “my lord, it were your duty to f.” H6A III, 1, 52. H6C III, 1, 27. Rom. V, 3, 220. Lr. II, 4, 110. Ant. I, 3, 73. Cymb. V, 5, 124.
c) to leave a place, to withdraw: “either f., quit presently the chapel, or resolve you for more amazement,” Wint. V, 3, 85. “f., Seleucus,” Ant. V, 2, 175. “we must f.” Cymb. I, 1, 68.
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