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bore

verb uk   /bɔːr/ us    /bɔːr/

bore verb (FAIL TO INTEREST)

[T] to talk or act in a way that makes someone lose interest: "Am I boring you?" she asked anxiously. bore sb silly to make someone feel very bored: We were all bored silly by the play.

bore verb (MAKE A HOLE)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to make a hole in something using a tool: He used a drill to bore a hole in the wall. The workmen bored through the rock.

bore verb (BEAR)

past simple of bear
Phrasal verbs

bore

noun uk   /bɔːr/ us    /bɔːr/

bore noun (NOT INTERESTING)

[C] disapproving someone who talks too much about boring subjects: I had to sit next to Michael at dinner - he's such a bore. [S] informal an activity or situation that is annoying or unpleasant: Ironing is such a bore. [+ -ing verb] It's an awful bore cooking a meal every night. [+ to infinitive] It's such a bore to have to write this out all over again.

bore noun (HOLE)

[C] specialized (US usually gauge) engineering the space inside a pipe or tube, or the diameter (= measurement across the widest part) of this space: a narrow bore a bore of 16 millimetres

bore noun (WAVE)

[C] a very large wave that runs from the sea up a narrow river at particular times of year: the Severn Bore
(Definition of bore verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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