To support or sustain; to hold up.
- To hold up; support.
- To carry from one place to another; transport.
- To carry in the mind; harbor: bear a grudge.
- To transmit at large; relate: bearing glad tidings.
- To have as a visible characteristic: bore a scar on the left arm.
- To have as a quality; exhibit: "A thousand different shapes it bears” ( Abraham Cowley).
- To carry (oneself) in a specified way; conduct: She bore herself with dignity.
- To be accountable for; assume: bearing heavy responsibilities.
- To have a tolerance for; endure: couldn't bear his lying.
- To call for; warrant: This case bears investigation.
- To give birth to: bore six children in five years.
- To produce; yield: plants bearing flowers.
- To offer; render: I will bear witness to the deed.
- To move by or as if by steady pressure; push: "boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” ( F. Scott Fitzgerald).
- To yield fruit; produce: peach trees that bear every summer.
- To have relevance; apply: They studied the ways in which the relativity theory bears on the history of science.
- To exert pressure, force, or influence.
- To force oneself along; forge.
- To endure something with tolerance and patience: Bear with me while I explain matters.
- To extend or proceed in a specified direction: The road bears to the right at the bottom of the hill.
- bear down To advance in a threatening manner: The ship bore down on our canoe.
- bear down To apply maximum effort and concentration: If you really bear down, you will finish the task.
- bear out To prove right or justified; confirm: The test results bear out our claims.
- bear up To withstand stress, difficulty, or attrition: The patient bore up well during the long illness.
- bear down on To effect in a harmful or adverse way: Financial pressures are bearing down on them.
- bear fruit To come to a satisfactory conclusion or to fruition.
- bear in mind To hold in one's mind; remember: Bear in mind that bridges freeze before roads.
- Any of various usually omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae that have a shaggy coat and a short tail and walk with the entire lower surface of the foot touching the ground.
- Any of various other animals, such as the koala, that resemble a true bear.
- A large, clumsy, or ill-mannered person.
- One, such as an investor, that sells securities or commodities in expectation of falling prices.
- A pessimist, especially regarding business conditions.
- Slang Something that is difficult or unpleasant: The final exam was a bear.
- Slang A highway patrol officer.
- Characterized by falling prices: a bear market.
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