A large white polar bear.
- 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.
- An example of a bear is a large, thick-furred white animal which lives in cold climates and enjoys swimming.
- An example of a bear is a large, stocky man.
- An example of a bear is a person who just woke up from a nap feeling irritable and snappy.
- Bear is defined as slang for a task which is hard to accomplish.
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.
- An example of bear is to have four children.
- An example of bear is to hold oneself together and behave rationally in the face of a tragedy.
- An example of bear is to support a heavy piece of timber while another person pounds it into the frame.
transitive verbbore, borne or born, bear′ing
- to hold and take along; carry; transport
- to hold in the mind: to bear a secret
- to possess as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.; have or show: the letter bore his signature
- to give birth to: the passive past participle in this sense is born when by does not follow
- to bring forth; produce or yield: fruit-bearing trees, coal-bearing strata
- to support or hold up; sustain
- to sustain the burden of; take on; take care of: to bear the cost
- to undergo successfully; withstand; endure: her work won't bear scrutiny
- to put up with; tolerate: she can't bear him
- to call for; require: his actions bear watching
- to carry or conduct (oneself)
- to carry over or hold (a sentiment): to bear a grudge
- to bring and tell (a message, tales, etc.)
- to move or push as if carrying: the crowd bore us along
- to give, offer, or supply: to bear witness
Origin of bearMiddle English beren from Old English beran from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to carry, bring from source Classical Latin ferre, Classical Greek pherein, Sanskrit bharati, (he) bears
- to be productive: the tree bears well
- to lie in a given direction: the lighthouse bears due east
- to point or be aimed toward: with on or upon: artillery deployed to bear on the fort
- to move in a given direction: bear right at the corner
- to have bearing (on); have a relation: his story bears on the crime
- to tolerate; put up patiently (with)
- to be oppressive; weigh: grief bears heavily on her
bear a hand
- to give help
- Naut. get to work! help out! work faster!
- to press or push down; exert pressure
- to make a strong effort
bear down on
- to press down on; exert pressure on
- to make a strong effort toward accomplishing
- to come or go toward; closely approach
bring to bear on
nounpl. bears or
- any of a family (Ursidae) of large, heavy, omnivorous carnivores that walk flat on the soles of their feet and have shaggy fur and a very short tail: bears are native to temperate and arctic zones
- a person who is clumsy, rude, gruff, churlish, etc.
Origin of bearshort for bearskin jobber < phr. to sell the bearskin, i.e., to sell the skin before the bear is caught an investor who sells stocks, commodities, etc. in the belief that their price will fall
- Slang a difficult task: checking these computer files is a real bear
Origin of bearMiddle English bere from Old English bera from Indo-European an unverified form bheros, brown animal from base an unverified form bher-, brown (from source brown, beaver, Classical Latin fiber): origin, originally euphemism for taboo name probably seen in Classical Latin ursus
be a bear for punishment
Origin of Bearso named from the grizzly bears once abundant in the region
verbbore, borne, or born bear·ing, bears
- a. To carry (something) on one's person from one place to another: bore the suitcase to the station.b. To move from one place to another while containing or supporting (something); convey or transport: a train bearing grain. See Synonyms at carry.c. To cause to move by or with steady pressure; push: a boat borne along by the current.d. To carry or hold in the mind over time; harbor: bear a grudge; bear ill will.e. To have as a visible characteristic or attribute: a letter bearing his name.
- To conduct (oneself) in a specified way: She bore herself with dignity.
- a. To hold up; support: This wall bears much of the weight of the roof.b. To be accountable for; assume: bearing heavy responsibilities.c. To have a tolerance for; endure: couldn't bear his lying; can't bear to see them leave. See Synonyms at endure.d. To have grounds for; call for; warrant: This case bears investigation.
- a. To give birth to: bore six children.b. To produce; yield: plants bearing fruit. See Synonyms at produce.
- To offer; render: I will bear witness to the deed.
- To yield fruit; produce: peach trees that bear every summer.
- To have relevance or influence; apply: They studied how the relativity theory bears on the history of science.
- To endure something with tolerance or patience: Bear with me while I explain what happened.
- a. To extend or proceed in a specified direction: The road bears to the right at the bottom of the hill.b. To be directed or aimed in a certain direction or at a target: The guns were brought to bear upon the approaching fleet.
Origin of bearMiddle English beren 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.
- a. Any of various usually omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae that have a shaggy coat and a short tail and walk with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground.b. Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
- A large, clumsy, or ill-mannered person.
- a. One, such as an investor, that sells securities or commodities in expectation of falling prices.b. A pessimist, especially regarding business conditions.
- Slang Something that is difficult or unpleasant: The final exam was a bear.
- Slang A highway patrol officer.
- Slang A hairy, stocky gay man.
Origin of bearMiddle English bere from Old English bera ; see bher-2 in Indo-European roots. Sense 3, probably from the proverb to sell the bear's skin before catching the bear
- A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae, particularly of subfamily Ursinae.
- (figuratively) A rough, unmannerly, uncouth person. 
- (finance) An investor who sells commodities, securities, or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices. 
- (slang, US) A state policeman (short for smokey bear). [1970s]
- (slang) A large, hairy man, especially one who is homosexual. 
- (engineering) A portable punching machine.
- (nautical) A block covered with coarse matting, used to scour the deck.
(third-person singular simple present bears, present participle bearing, simple past and past participle beared)
The Germanic languages replaced the older name of the bear, *rtko-, with the epithet "brown one", presumably due to taboo avoidance; compare Russian медведь (medvedʹ, “bear”), literally “honey-eater”.
However, Ringe (2006:106) doubts the existence of a root *bʰer- meaning "brown" ("an actual PIE word of [the requisite] shape and meaning is not recoverable") and suggests that a derivation from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰwer- (“wild animal”) "should therefore perhaps be preferred", implying a Germanic merger of *ǵʰw and *gʷʰ (*gʷʰ results in Germanic *b regularly, e.g. in *bidjaną)
- To support or sustain; to hold up.
- This stone bears most of the weight.
- To carry something.
- To be equipped with (something).
- the right to bear arms
- To wear or display.
- The shield bore a red cross.
- (with witness) To declare as testimony.
- The jury could see he was bearing false witness.
- To put up with something.
- I would never move to Texas—I can't bear heat.
- Please bear with me as I ramble on and on about nothing very important, such as that time when I was in Montana and I may have seen a mountain lion, but it was pretty far off and it was raining—the weather, not the lion—and the car broke down...
- To give birth to someone or something (may take the father of the direct object as an indirect object).
- In Troy she becomes Paris’ wife, bearing him several children, all of whom die in infancy.
- (intransitive) To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.
- (intransitive) To be, or head, in a specific direction or azimuth (from somewhere).
- The harbour bears north by northeast.
- By my readings, we're bearing due south, so we should turn about ten degrees east.
- Great Falls bears north of Bozeman.
- (intransitive) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
- (intransitive) To endure with patience; to be patient.
- To press; with on, upon, or against.
- To take effect; to have influence or force.
- to bring matters to bear
- To relate or refer; with on or upon.
- How does this bear on the question?
- To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
- To possess and use (power, etc.); to exercise.
- To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbour.
- She was […] found not guilty, through bearing of friends and bribing of the judge.
- To sustain, or be answerable for (blame, expense, responsibility, etc.).
- To carry on, or maintain; to have.
- To admit or be capable of; to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
- To manage, wield, or direct; to behave or conduct (oneself).
- To afford; to be (something) to; to supply with.
- The past participle of bear is usually borne:
- He could not have borne that load.
- She had borne five children.
- This is not to be borne!
- However, when bear means "to give birth to" (literally or figuratively), the passive past participle is born:
- She was born on May 3.
- Born three years earlier, he was the eldest of his siblings.
- "The idea to create [the Blue Ridge Parkway] was born in the travail of the Great Depression […] ." (Tim Pegram, The Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot: A Park Ranger's Memoir, ISBN 0786431407, 2007, page 1)
- Both spellings are used in the construction born(e) to someone (as a child):
- He was born(e) to Mr. Smith.
- She was born(e) to the most powerful family in the city.
- "[M]y father was borne to a Swedish mother and a Norwegian father, both devout Lutherans." (David Ross, Good Morning Corfu: Living Abroad Against All Odds, ISBN 1452450323, 2009)
- In the Middle English period, and rarely also today, the form "yborn" exist(ed).
From Middle English beren (“carry, bring forth”), from Old English beran (“to carry, bear, bring”), from Proto-Germanic *beraną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰére-. Akin to Old High German beran (“carry”), Dutch baren, Gothic (baíran), Latin ferre, and Ancient Greek φέρειν (pherein), Albanian bie (“to bring, to bear”), Russian брать (brat', “to take”).
- A surname.
bear - Investment & Finance Definition
Someone who believes that the market will fall. Contrasts with a bull, who believes the opposite. See also bear market.