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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fore•bear or for•bear /ˈfɔrˌbɛr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

    ancestor;
    forefather.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
fore•bear  (fôrbâr′, fōr-), 
n. 

    Usually,forebears. ancestors;
    forefathers.
Also,forbear. 
Etymology:1425–75;
Middle English (Scots), equivalent. to fore- fore- + -bear being, variant of beer;
see be, -er1


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

forebear, forbear /ˈfɔːˌbɛə/ n
  1. an ancestor; forefather



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