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bear

verb uk   /beər/ us    /ber/ (bore, borne or US also born)

bear verb (ACCEPT)

B2 [T] to accept, tolerate, or endure something, especially something unpleasant: The strain must have been enormous but she bore it well. Tell me now! I can't bear the suspense! It's your decision - you must bear the responsibility if things go wrong. [+ to infinitive] He couldn't bear to see the dog in pain. [+ -ing verb] I can't bear being bored. not bear thinking about to be too unpleasant or frightening to think about: "What if she'd been travelling any faster?" "It doesn't bear thinking about."

bear verb (HAVE)

C1 [T] to have or continue to have something: Their baby bears a strong resemblance/an uncanny likeness to its grandfather. The stone plaque bearing his name was smashed to pieces. On display were boxing gloves that bore Rocky Marciano's signature. [+ two objects] I don't bear them any ill feeling (= I do not continue to be angry with or dislike them). Thank you for your advice, I'll bear it in mind (= will remember and consider it).

bear verb (SUPPORT)

[T] to hold or support something: The chair, too fragile to bear her weight, collapsed.

bear verb (PRODUCE)

C2 [T] formal to give birth to young, or (of a tree or plant) to give or produce fruit or flowers: She had borne six children by the time she was 30. [+ two objects] When his wife bore him a child he could not hide his delight. Most animals bear their young in the spring. The pear tree they planted has never borne fruit.

bear verb (BRING)

[T] formal to carry and move something to a place: At Christmas the family descend on the house bearing gifts. Countless waiters bore trays of drinks into the room. The sound of the ice cream van was borne into the office on the wind.

bear verb (CHANGE DIRECTION)

C1 [I usually + adv/prep] to change direction slightly so that you are going in a particular direction: The path followed the coastline for several miles, then bore inland. After you go past the church keep bearing left/right.

bear verb (SAY)

bear testimony/witness formal to say you know from your own experience that something happened or is true: She bore witness to his patience and diligence. If something bears testimony to a fact, it proves that it is true: The iron bridge bears testimony to the skills developed in that era. bear false witness old use to lie

bear

noun [C] uk   /beər/ us    /ber/

bear noun [C] (ANIMAL)

A2 a large, strong wild mammal with a thick fur coat that lives especially in colder parts of Europe, Asia, and North America: a brown/black bear a bear cub (= young bear)

bear noun [C] (FINANCE)

specialized finance & economics a person who sells shares when prices are expected to fall, in order to make a profit by buying them back again at a lower price
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