verb (used with object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bear·ing.
verb (used without object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bear·ing.
- to press or weigh down.
- to strive harder; intensify one's efforts: We can't hope to finish unless everyone bears down.
- Nautical. to approach from windward, as a ship: The cutter was bearing down the channel at twelve knots.
- to press or weigh down on.
- to strive toward.
- to approach something rapidly.
- Nautical. to approach (another vessel) from windward: The sloop bore down on us, narrowly missing our stern.
- Nautical. to keep (a boat) from touching or rubbing against a dock, another boat, etc.
- Nautical. to steer away.
- Backgammon. to remove the stones from the board after they are all home.
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Idioms for bear
Origin of bear1
synonym study for bear
words often confused with bear
Words nearby bear
Definition for bear (2 of 3)
noun, plural bears, (especially collectively) bear.
verb (used with object), beared, bear·ing.
Origin of bear2
OTHER WORDS FROM bearbearlike, adjective
Definition for bear (3 of 3)
BEAR VS. BARE
What’s the difference between bear and bare?
As a verb, bear commonly means to endure something negative (as in I can’t bear to watch) or to carry, hold up, or support (as in The roof can’t bear that much weight), while as a noun it refers to the big furry animal (like grizzly bears and polar bears). Bare can be an adjective that means uncovered (as in bare feet) or empty or without the usual contents (as in bare cabinets or bare walls), or a verb meaning to reveal or open to view (as in bare your secrets).
Bare is most commonly used as an adjective, usually involving something uncovered or empty.
As a verb, bear is often used in the context of holding or carrying things, including in literal, physical ways (as in bear a load or bear weight) and in figurative ones (as in bear a grudge).
To remember the difference in spelling, remember that bears have ears, and they are able to bear a lot of weight because of how big and strong they are, but they are never bare because they are covered in fur.
Here’s an example of bear and bare used correctly in a sentence.
Example: Why does the bear never wear shoes? Because he prefers bare feet.
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He chose to _____ his soul to her by showing her his poetry.
Example sentences from the Web for bear
While Neumann’s job meant she was involved, Troye was consistently bearing witness not just early in the outbreak, but through its resurgence this summer, when virtually every other First World country had things much more under control.A devastating picture of Trump’s coronavirus response — from a firsthand witness|Aaron Blake|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
As wildfires bear down on the West Coast, many have lost their homes or had to evacuate.California wildfires may give way to massive mudslides|Ula Chrobak|September 17, 2020|Popular Science
Bernstein notes that while further study is required, there is evidence that air pollution affects birth outcomes—babies are more like to be born pre-term or at low birth weights—and development.Why fighting climate change is key to America’s health|Erika Fry|September 16, 2020|Fortune
Since they’re born in freshwater streams but then migrate to the sea to mature, salmon serve as a link between saltwater and freshwater ecosystems, bringing nutrients from the oceans inland and vice versa.This Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|September 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
He was born in Scranton and grew up and still resides in Wilmington, a short drive down Interstate 95 from Philadelphia.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
“If Charleston harbor needs improvement, let the commerce of Charleston bear the burden,” he said.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He said, “I am breaking my heart over this story, and cannot bear to finish it.”
Once again he accused the West of being unfair to Russia, bringing back his favorite metaphor, the Russian bear.
Maybe our dear bear should sit quietly, not chase piglets and just eat berries and honey.
Putin suggested that all the West wanted was to turn the Russian bear into “taxidermy.”
Many British Ferns evidence a marked tendency to “sport,” and this is a fact which the beginner should always bear in mind.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
The bear laughed and joined his companion, and the torpedo thundered away.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
This may be done by taking the humming tone and bringing to bear upon it a strong pressure of energy.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The left heel followed like lightning, and the right paw also slipped, letting the bear again fall heavily on the ice below.
The bear watched him narrowly with its wicked little eyes, though it did not see fit to cease its paw-licking.
British Dictionary definitions for bear (1 of 3)
verb bears, bearing, bore or borne (mainly tr)
Word Origin for bear
British Dictionary definitions for bear (2 of 3)
noun plural bears or bear
- a speculator who sells in anticipation of falling prices to make a profit on repurchase
- (as modifier)a bear market Compare bull 1 (def. 5)
verb bears, bearing or beared
Word Origin for bear
British Dictionary definitions for bear (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with bear
In addition to the idioms beginning with bear
- bear a grudge
- bear down
- beard the lion
- bear fruit
- bear in mind
- bear one's cross
- bear out
- bear the brunt
- bear up
- bear with
- bring to bear
- cross as a bear
- cross to bear
- grin and bear it
- loaded for bear