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English definition of “bear”

bear

noun [C]     /beər/ 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. → Compare bull → See also bear market
(Definition of bear noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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