Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bearable”


adjective     /ˈbeə.rə.bl̩/ US  /ˈber.ə-/
If an unpleasant situation is bearable, you can accept or deal with it: As far as she was concerned, only the weekends made life bearable.Tolerating and enduringCoping and not copingDealing with things or people
(Definition of bearable adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of bearable

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Tolerating and enduring, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing and controlling emotions topic area:

Definitions of “bearable” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More