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bear

verb (ACCEPT)    /beər/ US  /ber/ (bore, borne or US also born)
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.Tolerating and enduringCoping and not copingDealing with things or people 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."Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad Grammar:Born or borne?See moreGrammar:BornWe use born in the phrase be born to indicate that a child has entered the world:See moreGrammar:Bear, bore, borneBear means to tolerate something, usually something that you dislike. It is most commonly used in the expression can’t bear. The past form is bore and the -ed form is borne:See more
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