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"bore" in British English

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boreverb

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.

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  • 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

borenoun

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

-boresuffix

uk   / -bɔːr/ us   / -bɔːr/ mainly UK US usually -gauge
(Definition of bore from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bore" in American English

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boreverb

us   /bɔr, boʊr/
  • bore verb (FAIL TO INTEREST)

[T] to make someone lose interest: Am I boring you?
  • bore verb (MAKE A HOLE)

[I/T] to make a hole in something using a tool: [I] Workmen bored through the rock.

bore

us   /bɔr, boʊr/
  • bore (BEAR)

past simple of bear

borenoun [C]

us   /bɔr, boʊr/
  • bore noun [C] (SOMETHING NOT INTERESTING)

someone or something that is not interesting: All he talks about is money – he’s such a bore.
(Definition of bore from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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