Meaning of “bear” in the English Dictionary

"bear" in British English

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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 have to 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 driving faster?" "It doesn't bear thinking about."

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bear verb (HAVE)

C1 [ T ] to have or continue to have something:

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 (= I will remember and consider it).

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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 (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

bearnoun [ C ]

uk /beər/ us /ber/

(Definition of “bear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bear" in American English

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bearnoun [ C ]

us /beər/

bear noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

a large, strong mammal with thick fur that lives esp. in colder parts of the world:


us /beər/ past tense bore /bɔr, boʊr/ , past participle borne /bɔrn, boʊrn/

bear verb (CARRY)

[ T ] to carry or bring something:

Fans bearing banners ringed the stadium.

bear verb (SUPPORT)

[ T ] to hold or support something:

The bridge has to be strengthened to bear heavier loads.

bear verb (ACCEPT)

to accept something painful or unpleasant with determination and strength:

[ T ] Since you will bear most of the responsibility, you should get the rewards.
[ + to infinitive ] He could not bear to see her suffering.

bear verb (HAVE)

[ T ] to have as a quality or characteristic:

My life bore little resemblance to what I’d hoped for.

bear verb (PRODUCE)

[ T ] past participle born /bɔrn, boʊrn/ (of mammals) to give birth to young, or of a tree or plant to give or produce fruit or flowers:

She bore three children in five years.
Note: When talking about mammals, use the past participle spelling "born" to talk about a person or animal’s birth, and the spelling "borne" to talk about a mother giving birth to a child: She had borne four boys.

bear verb (TRAVEL)

[ I always + adv/prep ] to travel or move in the stated direction:

After you pass the light, bear left until you come to a bank.

(Definition of “bear” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bear" in Business English

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bearnoun [ C ]


someone who expects prices on a financial market to go down and sells their shares, etc. hoping to buy them back in the future at a lower price:

The brokerage, which has been a persistent bear in recent months, switched its recommendation from sell to hold.
The bears are driven by bad economic news from Japan, such as July's 2.4% monthly slump in industrial production.
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(Definition of “bear” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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