What does bear mean?

Definitions for bearbɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bear.

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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bear

    bār, v.t. to carry or support: to endure: to admit of: to be entitled to: to afford: to import: to manage: to behave or conduct one's self: to bring forth or produce.—v.i. to suffer: to be patient: to have reference to: to press (with on or upon): to be situated:—pr.p. bear′ing; pa.t. bōre; pa.p. bōrne (but the pa.p. when used to mean 'brought forth' is born).—adj. Bear′able, that may be borne or endured.—n. Bear′ableness.—adv. Bear′ably.—ns. Bear′er, one who or that which bears, esp. one who assists in carrying a body to the grave: a carrier or messenger; Bear′ing, behaviour: situation of one object with regard to another: relation: that which is borne upon an escutcheon: (mach.) the part of a shaft or axle in contact with its supports; Bear′ing-cloth, the mantle or cloth in which a child was carried to the font; Bear′ing-rein, the fixed rein between the bit and the saddle, by which a horse's head is held up in driving and its neck made to arch.—Bear hard (Shak.), to press or urge; Bear in hand (Shak.), to keep in expectation, to flatter one's hopes; To bear a hand, to give assistance; To bear away, to sail away; To bear down (with upon or towards), to sail with the wind; To bear out, to corroborate; To bear up, to keep up one's courage; To bear up for (a place), to sail towards; To bear with, to make allowance for; To be borne in (upon the) mind, to be forcibly impressed upon it; To bring to bear, to bring into operation (with against, upon); To lose one's bearings, to become uncertain as to one's position. [A.S. beran; Goth. bairan, L. ferre, Gr. pher-ein, Sans. bhri.]

  2. Bear

    an obsolete form of Bier.

  3. Bear

    bār, n. a heavy quadruped of the order Carnivora, with long shaggy hair and hooked claws: any rude, rough, or ill-bred fellow: one who sells stocks for delivery at a future date, anticipating a fall in price so that he may buy first at an advantage—opp. to Bull: the old phrase 'a bearskin jobber' suggests an origin in the common proverb, 'to sell the bearskin before one has caught the bear' (hence To bear, to speculate for a fall): (astron.) the name of two constellations, the Great and the Little Bear.—ns. Bear′-ber′ry, a trailing plant of the heath family, a species of the Arbutus; Bear′bine, a species of convolvulus, closely allied to the bindweed; Bear′-gar′den, an enclosure where bears are kept; a rude, turbulent assembly.—adj. Bear′ish, like a bear.—ns. Bear′ishness; Bear′-lead′er, a person who leads about a bear for exhibition: the tutor or governor of a youth at the university or on travel; Bear's′-breech, a common name for plants of the genus Acanthus; Bear's′-ear, a common English name for the auricula; Bear's′-foot, a species of hellebore; Bear′skin, the skin of a bear: a shaggy woollen cloth for overcoats: the high fur cap worn by the Guards in England; Bear′-ward, a warden or keeper of bears. [A.S. bera; Ger. bär; cf. L. fera, a wild beast, akin to Gr. thēr, Æolian phēr.]

  4. Bear

    bēr, n. barley, applied in Scotland to the now little grown variety Hordeum hexastichon. [A.S. bere.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. bear

    Is a type of animal and mammal created in various colors and sizes.

    Bear live in various countries on the planet.

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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 for bear »

  1. Aber

  2. Baré


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bear in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andreas Clenow:

    This is a bear market rally.

  2. Antonio LeGrier:

    The facts don't bear that out.

  3. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne:

    Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear!

  4. Guillaume Chapron:

    Maybe the wolf is your black bear.

  5. T. S. Eliot:

    Human kind cannot bear much reality.

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