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"bear" in British English

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bearverb

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: Their baby bears a strong resemblance to its grandfather. 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.

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: a black/grizzly/polar bear

bearverb

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

"bear" in Business English

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bearnoun [C]

uk   /beər/ us   FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
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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