ACCEPT › to accept someone or something unpleasant: She couldn't bear the thought of him suffering. I like her, but I can't bear her friends. [+ to do sth] How can you bear to watch? The pain was too much to bear.
bear a resemblance/relation, etc to sb/sth › to be similar to someone or something: He bears a striking resemblance to his father.
CARRY formal › to carry something: He came in, bearing a tray of drinks.
WEIGHT › to support the weight of something: I don't think that chair will bear his weight.
bear the responsibility/cost, etc › to accept that you are responsible for something, you should pay for something, etc: He must bear some responsibility for the appalling conditions in the prison.
FEELING › to continue to have a bad feeling towards someone: They were rude to her in the past, but she's not the kind of woman who bears grudges (= continues to be angry).
HAVE CHILD formal › to give birth to a child: She has been told that she will never bear children.
NAME › to have or show a particular name, picture, or symbol: The shop bore his family name.
bear left/right › to turn left or right: Bear right at the next set of traffic lights. → See also bear fruit → See also grin and bear it