Meaning of “bear” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /beər/ past tense bore, past participle borne
Extra Examples
I just can't bear it!It has got to the point where I can hardly bear to speak to him.I can't bear to see animals suffering.I can't bear to clean it all again.She could not bear the intrusion into her private life.

B2 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.

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.

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).

to give birth to a child:

She has been told that she will never bear children.

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 , grin and bear it

(Definition of “bear verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)