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.
Origin of bear1
Definition for bear (2 of 3)
noun, plural bears, (especially collectively) bear.
verb (used with object), beared, bear·ing.
Origin of bear2
Related formsbear·like, adjective
Definition for bear (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for bear
“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.”
Besides, his arms did not bear the slightest trace of a wound.The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar|Maurice Leblanc
She prayed for strength to bear it, and resigned herself to Gods will.
It's the same thing that my father used to say to me: "Play fair, Ted—and then if you lose, why, you must grin and bear it."I Walked in Arden|Jack Crawford
She must suffer, her conscience must trouble her, in a way her life must be as hard to bear as his.Fast as the Wind|Nat Gould
Close by the border were the rings, the places for the staves to bear the table.The Bible Story|Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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