Definitions for bearbɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bear*bɛər(v.)bore; borne; born, bear•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to hold up or support:

    The columns bear the weight of the roof.

  2. to give birth to:

    to bear a child.

  3. to produce by natural growth:

    a tree that bears fruit.

  4. to sustain or be capable of:

    This claim doesn't bear close examination. The view bears comparison with the loveliest sights.

  5. to drive or push:

    The crowd was borne back by the police.

  6. to carry or conduct (oneself, one's body, etc.):

    to bear oneself bravely.

  7. to suffer; endure or tolerate:

    He bore the blame. I can't bear your nagging.

  8. to warrant or be worthy of:

    It doesn't bear repeating.

  9. to carry; bring:

    to bear gifts.

  10. to carry in the mind or heart:

    to bear malice.

  11. to transmit or spread (gossip, tales, etc.).

  12. to render; afford; give:

    to bear testimony.

  13. to have and be entitled to:

    to bear title.

  14. to exhibit; show:

    to bear a resemblance.

  15. to accept or have as an obligation:

    to bear the cost.

  16. to possess as a quality or characteristic; have in or on:

    to bear traces; to bear an inscription.

  17. (v.i.)to tend in a course or direction; move; go:

    to bear left.

  18. to be situated:

    The lighthouse bears due north.

  19. to bring forth young, fruit, etc.

  20. bear down, to press or weigh down. to strive harder.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. bear down on, to press or weigh down on. to strive toward. to move toward rapidly and threateningly.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. bear on or upon, to be relevant to; affect.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  23. bear out, to substantiate; confirm.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. bear up, to face hardship bravely; endure.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  25. bear with, to be patient with.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for bear:

  1. bring to bear, to force to have an impact:

    to bring pressure to bear on union members to end a strike.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: bear , stand , endure refer to supporting the burden of something distressing, irksome, or painful. bear is the general word and suggests merely being able to put up with something: She is bearing the disappointment quite well. stand is an informal equivalent, but with an implication of stout spirit: I couldn't stand the pain.endure implies continued resistance and patience over a long period of time: to endure torture.Usage: Since the latter part of the 18th century, a distinction has been made between born and borne as past participles of the verb bear . borne is the past participle in all senses that do not refer to physical birth: The wheat fields have borne abundantly. Judges have always borne a burden of responsibility.borne is also the participle when the sense is “to bring forth (young)” and the focus is on the mother rather than on the child. In such cases, borne is preceded by a form of have or followed by by: She had borne a son the previous year. Two children borne by her earlier were already grown. When the focus is on the offspring or on something brought forth as if by birth, born is the standard spelling, and it occurs in passive constructions and in adjective phrases: My friend was born in Ohio. No children have been born at the South Pole. Abraham Lincoln, born in Kentucky, grew up in Illinois.

Origin of bear:

bef. 900; ME beren, OE beran, c. OHG beran, ON bera, Go bairan to carry, Skt bhárati (one) carries, L ferre, Gk phérein to carry

bearbɛər(n.)(pl.)bears; bear

  1. (n.)any large, stocky, omnivorous mammal of the carnivore family Ursidae, with thick, coarse fur, a very short tail, and a plantigrade gait, inhabiting the Northern Hemisphere and N South America.

    Category: Mammals

  2. a gruff, clumsy, or rude person.

  3. a person who believes that stock prices will decline

    Category: Business

    Ref: (opposed to bull 1 1 4 ).

  4. (cap.) either of two constellations, Ursa Major or Ursa Minor.

    Category: Astronomy

  5. (adj.)marked by declining prices, esp. of stocks:

    a bear market.

    Category: Business

Origin of bear:

bef. 1000; ME be(a)re, beor(e), OE bera, c. OHG bero; Gmc *beran- lit., the brown one


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bear(noun)

    massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws

  2. bear(verb)

    an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price

  3. bear(verb)


    "bear a resemblance"; "bear a signature"

  4. give birth, deliver, bear, birth, have(verb)

    cause to be born

    "My wife had twins yesterday!"

  5. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up(verb)

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

  6. bear(verb)

    move while holding up or supporting

    "Bear gifts"; "bear a heavy load"; "bear news"; "bearing orders"

  7. bear, turn out(verb)

    bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"

    "The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers"

  8. bear, take over, accept, assume(verb)

    take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

    "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the responsibility"

  9. hold, bear, carry, contain(verb)

    contain or hold; have within

    "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"

  10. yield, pay, bear(verb)

    bring in

    "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"

  11. wear, bear(verb)

    have on one's person

    "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"

  12. behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry(verb)

    behave in a certain manner

    "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"

  13. bear, hold(verb)

    have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

    "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"

  14. hold, carry, bear(verb)

    support or hold in a certain manner

    "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"

  15. have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expect(verb)

    be pregnant with

    "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bear(verb)ɛər

    to be able to deal with; = stand

    I didn't think I could bear much more.

  2. bearɛər

    to be responsible for

    to bear the responsibility/blame for the accident; to bear the cost of sth

  3. bearɛər

    to remember sth when considering sth else

    I bore that fact in mind while making my decision.

  4. bearɛər

    to look or be very similar to

    He bears a striking resemblance to his father.; It bore little resemblance to the first document.

  5. bearɛər

    = can't stand

  6. bear(noun)ɛər

    a heavy strong furry animal

    a black/brown/grizzly/polar bear

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bear(verb)

    to support or sustain; to hold up

  2. Bear(verb)

    to support and remove or carry; to convey

  3. Bear(verb)

    to conduct; to bring; -- said of persons

  4. Bear(verb)

    to possess and use, as power; to exercise

  5. Bear(verb)

    to sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription

  6. Bear(verb)

    to possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name

  7. Bear(verb)

    to possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor

  8. Bear(verb)

    to endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer

  9. Bear(verb)

    to gain or win

  10. Bear(verb)

    to sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc

  11. Bear(verb)

    to render or give; to bring forward

  12. Bear(verb)

    to carry on, or maintain; to have

  13. Bear(verb)

    to admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change

  14. Bear(verb)

    to manage, wield, or direct

  15. Bear(verb)

    to behave; to conduct

  16. Bear(verb)

    to afford; to be to; to supply with

  17. Bear(verb)

    to bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest

  18. Bear(verb)

    to produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to barrenness

  19. Bear(verb)

    to suffer, as in carrying a burden

  20. Bear(verb)

    to endure with patience; to be patient

  21. Bear(verb)

    to press; -- with on or upon, or against

  22. Bear(verb)

    to take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring matters to bear

  23. Bear(verb)

    to relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this bear on the question?

  24. Bear(verb)

    to have a certain meaning, intent, or effect

  25. Bear(verb)

    to be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect to something else; as, the land bears N. by E

  26. Bear(noun)

    a bier

  27. Bear(noun)

    any species of the genus Ursus, and of the closely allied genera. Bears are plantigrade Carnivora, but they live largely on fruit and insects

  28. Bear(noun)

    an animal which has some resemblance to a bear in form or habits, but no real affinity; as, the woolly bear; ant bear; water bear; sea bear

  29. Bear(noun)

    one of two constellations in the northern hemisphere, called respectively the Great Bear and the Lesser Bear, or Ursa Major and Ursa Minor

  30. Bear(noun)

    metaphorically: A brutal, coarse, or morose person

  31. Bear(noun)

    a person who sells stocks or securities for future delivery in expectation of a fall in the market

  32. Bear(noun)

    a portable punching machine

  33. Bear(noun)

    a block covered with coarse matting; -- used to scour the deck

  34. Bear(verb)

    to endeavor to depress the price of, or prices in; as, to bear a railroad stock; to bear the market

  35. Bear(noun)

    alt. of Bere


  1. Bear

    Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae. Bears are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails. While the polar bear is mostly carnivorous and the giant panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo, the remaining six species are omnivorous, with varied diets. With the exceptions of courting individuals and mothers with their young, bears are typically solitary animals. They are generally diurnal, but may be active during the night or twilight, particularly around humans. Bears are aided by an excellent sense of smell, and despite their heavy build and awkward gait, they can run quickly and are adept climbers and swimmers. In autumn, some bear species forage large amounts of fermented fruits, which affects their behaviour. Bears use shelters, such as caves and burrows, as their dens; most species occupy their dens during the winter for a long period of sleep similar to hibernation.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bear

    name given in the Stock Exchange to one who contracts to deliver stock at a fixed price on a certain day, in contradistinction from the bull, or he who contracts to take it, the interest of the former being that, in the intervening time, the stocks should fall, and that of the latter that they should rise.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bear' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2322

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bear' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1987

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bear' in Nouns Frequency: #1994

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bear' in Verbs Frequency: #244

Anagrams of bear

  1. Aber

  2. Baré

Translations for bear

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually with cannot, ~could not etc) to put up with or endure

I couldn't bear it if he left.

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