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Meaning of “bore” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​loseinterest: "Am I boring you?" she ​askedanxiously.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 (= ​measurementacross the ​widestpart) 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 ​loseinterest: 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 ofbear

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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