Bear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ber|  American pronunciation of the word bear
Brit.  |beə|  British pronunciation of the word bear
irregular verb:  p.t. — bore  p.p. — borne


- massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
- 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


- have
bear a resemblance
bear a signature
- cause to be born (syn: birth, deliver, have)
- put up with something or somebody unpleasant (syn: abide, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate)
I cannot bear his constant criticism
- move while holding up or supporting
bear a heavy load
bear news
bearing orders
- bring forth (syn: turn out)
- take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person (syn: accept, assume, take over)
She agreed to bear the responsibility
- contain or hold; have within (syn: carry, contain, hold)
- bring in (syn: pay, yield)
interest-bearing accounts
- have on one's person (syn: wear)
bear a scar
- behave in a certain manner (syn: acquit, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport)
- have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices (syn: hold)
She bears the title of Duchess
- support or hold in a certain manner (syn: carry, hold)
- be pregnant with (syn: carry, expect, gestate)
She is bearing his child

Extra examples

A mother bear and her cubs

The bears outnumbered the bulls on Wall Street today.

A symphony that can bear comparison with Beethoven's best

The company agreed to bear the costs.

The criminals must bear full responsibility for the deaths of these innocent people.

Who will bear the blame for this tragedy?

She was bearing a tray of brimming glasses.

The spores are borne on the wind.

This letter bears no date.

The town still bears the scars of the bombings during the war.

They bore the title Count of Nassau.

He bore her no malice.

I'll bear the idea in mind.

Bear in mind that the price does not include flights.

The title of the essay bore little relation to the contents.

Phrasal verbs

bear away  — remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
bear down  — exert a force with a heavy weight
bear off  — remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
bear on  — be relevant to
bear out  — support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
bear up  — endure cheerfully

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bear
he/she/it: bears
present participle: bearing
past tense: bore
past participle: borne
singular: bear
plural: bears
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