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English definition of “bear”

bear

verb [T] (PRODUCE)    /beər/ US  /ber/ (bore, borne or US also born) formal
C2 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.Plant reproductionBirthPregnancy
(Definition of bear verb (PRODUCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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