bear - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bear”

See all translations

bear

noun [C]  us   /beər/

bear noun [C] (ANIMAL)

a large, strong mammal with thick fur that lives esp. in colder parts of the world: a black/grizzly/polar bear

bear

verb  us   /beər/ (past tense bore  /bɔr, boʊr/ , past participle borne  /bɔrn, boʊrn/ )

bear verb (CARRY)

[T] to carry or bring something: Fans bearing banners ringed the stadium.

bear verb (SUPPORT)

[T] to hold or support something: The bridge has to be strengthened to bear heavier loads.

bear verb (ACCEPT)

to accept something painful or unpleasant with determination and strength: [T] Since you will bear most of the responsibility, you should get the rewards. [+ to infinitive] He could not bear to see her suffering.

bear verb (HAVE)

[T] to have as a quality or characteristic: My life bore little resemblance to what I’d hoped for.

bear verb (PRODUCE)

[T] (past participle born  /bɔrn, boʊrn/ ) (of mammals) to give birth to young, or of a tree or plant to give or produce fruit or flowers: She bore three children in five years. Note: When talking about mammals, use the past participle spelling "born" to talk about a person or animal’s birth, and the spelling "borne" to talk about a mother giving birth to a child: She had borne four boys.

bear verb (TRAVEL)

[I always + adv/prep] to travel or move in the stated direction: After you pass the light, bear left until you come to a bank.
Idioms
(Definition of bear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of bear?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “bear” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

kick off

the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More