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
A bearlike man with a big voice, he could be intimidating to his enemies (“adversaries” seems too neutral a word).
"Throw down," it repeated, with a growl as bearlike as the body.The Devil's Asteroid|Manly Wade Wellman
McTeague put aside her hands with a single gesture, and gripped her to him in a bearlike embrace that all but smothered her.McTeague|Frank Norris
Awkwardly and with the bearlike roughness of excessive timidity I put my arms about her, drew her to me tentatively.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
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