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
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)
Example sentences from the Web for bear
They’re all the same person, fragmented into different fictional characters in the same way that Karen saw herself fragmented in Sarah’s book, so that their victims can bear to hate the predator without hating the celebrated teacher.The mind-boggling end of Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise, explained|Constance Grady|November 20, 2020|Vox
That means that while the extensions bear the names of legitimate developers, they are, in fact, imposters with no relation.Abusive add-ons aren’t just a Chrome and Firefox problem. Now it’s Edge’s turn|Dan Goodin|November 20, 2020|Ars Technica
Hogan began considering whether his Korean-born wife, Yumi, could help acquire tests from her native country.Hogan’s first batch of coronavirus tests from South Korea were flawed, never used|Steve Thompson|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
If his kids are born here, like I was, they’ll have more opportunities than he did in Guatemala.
While it’s interesting to see how much has changed in the past eight months — a notable inclusion in “Americans” is the former mascot of the Washington Football Team, stitched onto a stuffed bear — the exhibit is better viewed online.You have until Nov. 22 to visit these six Smithsonian museums. Here’s what to expect.|Kelsey Ables|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
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