- To be borne is defined as to be held up, supported or moved by steady pressure.
- An example of borne is when a house has held up a roof.
- An example of borne is when facts support the conclusions in a report.
- An example of borne is when boats are moved by the tides.
A past participle of bear1.
- Carried or transported by. Often used in combination: current-borne plankton.
- Transmitted by. Often used in combination: mosquito-borne diseases.
Variant of bear
transitive verbbore, borne or born, bearing
- 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
to show to be true; support or confirm
to endure, as under a strain; keep up one's spirits
bring to bear onor bring to bear upon
to cause to have an effect on: he brought his influence to bear on the lawmakers