Bear meaning

bâr
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.

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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.

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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.

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To sustain the burden of; take on; take care of.

To bear the cost.

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Something that is difficult or unpleasant.

The final exam was a bear.

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To support or hold up; sustain.
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To conduct (oneself) in a specified way.

She bore herself with dignity.

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A highway patrol officer.
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A hairy, stocky gay man.
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To possess as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.; have or show.

The letter bore his signature.

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To offer; render.

I will bear witness to the deed.

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Characterized by falling prices.

A bear market.

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To yield fruit; produce.

Peach trees that bear every summer.

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To have relevance or influence; apply.

They studied how the relativity theory bears on the history of science.

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A large, clumsy, or ill-mannered person.
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To give birth to.
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To bring forth; produce or yield.

Fruit-bearing trees, coal-bearing strata.

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To call for; require.

His actions bear watching.

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To carry or conduct (oneself)
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To carry over or hold (a sentiment)

To bear a grudge.

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To bring and tell (a message, tales, etc.)
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To move or push as if carrying.

The crowd bore us along.

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To give, offer, or supply.

To bear witness.

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To be productive.

The tree bears well.

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To have bearing (on); have a relation.

His story bears on the crime.

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To tolerate; put up patiently (with)
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To be oppressive; weigh.

Grief bears heavily on her.

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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.
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A person who is clumsy, rude, gruff, churlish, etc.
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An investor who sells stocks, commodities, etc. in the belief that their price will fall.
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A difficult task.

Checking these computer files is a real bear.

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Falling in price.

A bear market.

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River flowing from the Uinta Mountains through Utah, Wyo., & Ida. into Great Salt Lake: c. 350 mi (563 km)
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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.
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Someone who believes that the market will fall. Contrasts with a bull, who believes the opposite. See also bear market.
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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.
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(figuratively) A rough, unmannerly, uncouth person. [1579]
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(finance) An investor who sells commodities, securities, or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices. [1744]
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(slang, US) A state policeman (short for smokey bear). [1970s]
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(slang) A large, hairy man, especially one who is homosexual. [1990]
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(engineering) A portable punching machine.
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(nautical) A block covered with coarse matting, used to scour the deck.
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(finance) To endeavour to depress the price of, or prices in.

To bear a railroad stock.

To bear the market.

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(finance, investments) Characterized by or believing to benefit of declining prices in securities markets.

The great bear market starting in 1929 scared a whole generation of investors.

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To support or sustain; to hold up.

This stone bears most of the weight.

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To carry something.
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To be equipped with (something).

The right to bear arms.

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To wear or display.

The shield bore a red cross.

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(with witness) To declare as testimony.

The jury could see he was bearing false witness.

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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...

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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.

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(intransitive) To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.
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(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.

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(intransitive) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
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(intransitive) To endure with patience; to be patient.
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To press; with on, upon, or against.
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To take effect; to have influence or force.

To bring matters to bear.

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To relate or refer; with on or upon.

How does this bear on the question?

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To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
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To possess and use (power, etc.); to exercise.
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To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbour.
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She was […] found not guilty, through bearing of friends and bribing of the judge.

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To sustain, or be answerable for (blame, expense, responsibility, etc.).
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To carry on, or maintain; to have.
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To admit or be capable of; to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
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To manage, wield, or direct; to behave or conduct (oneself).
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To afford; to be (something) to; to supply with.
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A surname​.
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To endure something with tolerance or patience.

Bear with me while I explain what happened.

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Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
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bear a relation
  • To have an association with or relevance to:.
    That remark bears no relation to the matter at hand.
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bear a resemblance
  • To be similar to; appear or function like.
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bear down on
  • To move rapidly toward:.
    The ship bore down on the abandoned vessel.
  • To affect in a harmful or adverse way:.
    Financial pressures are bearing down on them.
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bear fruit
  • To come to a satisfactory conclusion or to fruition.
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bear in mind
  • To hold in one's mind; remember:.
    Bear in mind that bridges freeze before roads.
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bear a hand
  • To give help.
  • Get to work! help out! work faster!.
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bear down
  • To press or push down; exert pressure.
  • To make a strong effort.
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bear down on
  • To press down on; exert pressure on.
  • To make a strong effort toward accomplishing.
  • To come or go toward; closely approach.
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bear out
  • To show to be true; support or confirm.
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bear up
  • To endure, as under a strain; keep up one's spirits.
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bring to bear on
  • To cause to have an effect on.
    He brought his influence to bear on the lawmakers.
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be a bear for punishment
  • To be able to withstand much rough treatment; be rugged, tough, determined, etc.
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the Bear
  • The constellation Ursa Major or Ursa Minor.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

bear a relation
bear a resemblance
bring to bear on
be a bear for punishment
the Bear

Origin of bear

  • Middle English bere from Old English bera bher-2 in Indo-European roots Sense 3, probably from the proverb to sell the bear's skin before catching the bear

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English beren from Old English beran bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bere, from Old English bera, from Proto-Germanic *berô (compare West Frisian bear, Dutch beer, German Bär, Danish bjørn).

    From Wiktionary