Origin of born
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
Synonyms for bear
noun, plural bears, (especially collectively) bear.
verb (used with object), beared, bear·ing.
Origin of bear2
Related Words for bornconstitutional, natural, essential, built-in, congenital, deep-seated, inborn, inbred, inherent, intrinsic, ingenerate
Examples from the Web for born
Contemporary Examples of born
The influential al Qaeda propagandist, who was born in New Mexico, died in a U.S. drone strike later that year.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
A few months later, after their children were born, we visited the men and women again.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Yung Lean was born Jonatan Leandoer Håstad in Belarus, before moving to Sweden at the age of 3.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
Little did I know that Lee had actually been born into a wealthy family.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
I asked her how her trainers, born and raised in Iran, have learned how to teach hip-hop.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of born
If a chap's not born with the gift he's an ass to think he can acquire it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"You must have been born under a lucky star, Robert," said the merchant.Brave and Bold
Yet there are people, and I have talked with some of them, who remember that she was born.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
You were born subject to fear as you were born subject to death, and that was an end of it.
Man was born into fear in that he was born into a world of which most of the energies were set against him.
- being at birth in a particular social status or other condition as specifiedignobly born
- (in combination)lowborn
noun the Bear
verb bears, bearing, bore or borne (mainly tr)
Word Origin for bear
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
Old English beran "to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear" (class IV strong verb; past tense bær, past participle boren), from Proto-Germanic *beranan (cf. Old Saxon beran, Old Frisian bera, Old High German beran, German gebären, Old Norse bera, Gothic bairan "to carry, bear, give birth to"), from PIE root *bher- (1) meaning both "give birth" (though only English and German strongly retain this sense, and Russian has beremennaya "pregnant") and "carry a burden, bring" (see infer).
Ball bearings "bear" the friction. Many senses are from notion of "move onward by pressure." Old English past tense bær became Middle English bare; alternative bore began to appear c.1400, but bare remained the literary form till after 1600. Past participle distinction of borne for "carried" and born for "given birth" is from late 18c. To bear (something) in mind is from 1530s.
Old English bera "bear," from Proto-Germanic *beron, literally "the brown (one)" (cf. Old Norse björn, Middle Dutch bere, Dutch beer, Old High German bero, German Bär), from PIE *bher- (3) "bright, brown" (see brown (adj.)).
Greek arktos and Latin ursus retain the PIE root word for "bear" (*rtko; see Arctic), but it is believed to have been ritually replaced in the northern branches because of hunters' taboo on names of wild animals (cf. the Irish equivalent "the good calf," Welsh "honey-pig," Lithuanian "the licker," Russian medved "honey-eater"). Others connect the Germanic word with Latin ferus "wild," as if it meant "the wild animal (par excellence) of the northern woods."
Symbolic of Russia since 1794. Used of uncouth persons since 1570s. Stock market meaning "speculator for a fall" is 1709 shortening of bearskin jobber (from the proverb sell the bearskin before one has caught the bear); i.e. "one who sells stock for future delivery, expecting that meanwhile prices will fall." Paired with bull from c.1720. Bear claw as a type of large pastry is from 1942, originally chiefly western U.S.
In addition to the idioms beginning with born
- born and bred
- born under a lucky star
- born with a silver spoon
- born yesterday
- in all one's born days
- not born yesterday
- to the manner born
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