The definition of bear is a large mammal found in America and Eurasia which has thick fur or a big person or a person who is cranky and grumpy.(noun)
Bear is defined as slang for a task which is hard to accomplish.(noun)
An example of a bear is the process of doing a large presentation when one is sick with the flu.
Bear means to give birth to, be able to cope with or hold up weight.(verb)
See bear in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME beren < OE beran < IE base *bher-, to carry, bring > L ferre, Gr pherein, Sans bharati, (he) bears
Origin: short for bearskin jobber < phr. to sell the bearskin, i.e., to sell the skin before the bear is caughta person who believes prices on the stock or commodity markets are going to decline, esp. one who sells shares, etc. in the expectation of buying them later at a lower price
Origin: ME bere < OE bera < IE *bheros, brown animal < base *bher-, brown (> brown, beaver, L fiber): orig. euphemism for taboo name prob. seen in L ursus
Origin: for the grizzly bears once abundant in the region
See bear in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb bore bore (bôr, bōr), borne borne (bôrn, bōrn) or born (bôrn), bear·ing, bears bears verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English beren
Origin: , from Old English beran; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: Thanks to the vagaries of English spelling, bear has two past participles: born and borne. Traditionally, born is used only in passive constructions referring to birth: I was born in Chicago. For all other uses, including active constructions referring to birth, borne is the standard form: She has borne both her children at home. I have borne his insolence with the patience of a saint.
Origin: Middle English bere
Origin: , from Old English bera; see bher-2 in Indo-European roots
Origin: . Sense 3, probably from proverb To sell the bear's skin before catching the bear.
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