Meaning of “bear” in the English Dictionary

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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:

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:

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.

(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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We still do not know what it is worth, what it cost or where we stand and everyone involved would do well to bear that in mind.
Only if the user pays, i.e. the railway undertakings also bear the cost of operating and maintaining the network, will it be possible to fund network operation and maintenance.
The governments responsible should ensure that treatment is provided to bring some alleviation of the awful hurt and sorrow they bear.
We condemn this action outright and ask you to bring your influence to bear in securing the immediate release of these two journalists.
We hold original views and our input will bear witness to the fact that our ideas are clear and that we act on current situations.
If we bear in mind that, according to the statistics, the number of people which make up these vulnerable groups is over 8%, the political dimension is easy to see.
We must bear in mind that, if adults are to learn about a subject, going back to school is not an option.
Airfares bear out this freedom too.
Instead, we need to bear in mind, right from the time that vehicles are built, that cars, like other products, have to be re-used and disposed of.
Lawyers should not have to bear the responsibility for the inefficiency or the weakness of the authorities charged with investigating crimes of money laundering or any other type of crime.

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