Meaning of bear


Pronunciation: (bâr), [key]
— v., bore bare borne born bear&syling.
  1. to hold up; support: to bear the weight of the roof.
  2. to hold or remain firm under (a load): The roof will not bear the strain of his weight.
  3. to bring forth (young); give birth to: to bear a child.
  4. to produce by natural growth: a tree that bears fruit.
  5. to hold up under; be capable of: His claim doesn't bear close examination.
  6. to press or push against: The crowd was borne back by the police.
  7. to hold or carry (oneself, one's body, one's head, etc.): to bear oneself erectly.
  8. to conduct (oneself&hasp;): to bear oneself bravely.
  9. to suffer; endure; undergo: to bear the blame.
  10. to sustain without yielding or suffering injury; tolerate (usually used in negative constructions, unless qualified): I can't bear your nagging. I can hardly bear to see her suffering so.
  11. to be fit for or worthy of: It doesn't bear repeating.
  12. to carry; bring: to bear gifts.
  13. to carry in the mind or heart: to bear love; to bear malice.
  14. to transmit or spread (gossip, tales, etc.).
  15. to render; afford; give: to bear witness; to bear testimony.
  16. to lead; guide; take: They bore him home.
  17. to have and be entitled to: to bear title.
  18. to exhibit; show: to bear a resemblance.
  19. to accept or have, as an obligation: to bear responsibility; to bear the cost.
  20. to stand in (a relation or ratio); have or show correlatively: the relation that price bears to profit.
  21. to possess, as a quality or characteristic; have in or on: to bear traces; to bear an inscription.
  22. to have and use; exercise: to bear authority; to bear sway.
  1. to tend in a course or direction; move; go: to bear west; to bear left at the fork in the road.
  2. to be located or situated: The lighthouse bears due north.
  3. to bring forth young or fruit: Next year the tree will bear.
  4. We can't hope to finish unless everyone bears down.
    1. to press or weigh down.
    2. to strive harder; intensify one's efforts:We can't hope to finish unless everyone bears down.
    3. Naut.to approach from windward, as a ship:The cutter was bearing down the channel at twelve knots.
  5. The sloop bore down on us, narrowly missing our stern.
    1. to press or weigh down on.
    2. to strive toward.
    3. to approach something rapidly.
    4. Naut.to approach (another vessel) from windward:The sloop bore down on us, narrowly missing our stern.
    1. Naut.to keep (a boat) from touching or rubbing against a dock, another boat, etc.
    2. Naut.to steer away.
    3. Backgammon.to remove the stones from the board after they are all home.
  6. to affect, relate to, or have connection with; be relevant to: This information may bear on the case.
  7. to substantiate; confirm: The facts bear me out.
  8. to endure; face hardship bravely: It is inspiring to see them bearing up so well.
  9. to be patient or forbearing with: Please bear with me until I finish the story.
  10. to concentrate on with a specific purpose: Pressure was brought to bear on those with overdue accounts.


Pronunciation: (bâr), [key]
— n., pl. adj., v., bears, bear, beared, bear•ing.
  1. any of the plantigrade, carnivorous or omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae, having massive bodies, coarse heavy fur, relatively short limbs, and almost rudimentary tails.
  2. any of various animals resembling the bear, as the ant bear.
  3. a gruff, burly, clumsy, bad-mannered, or rude person.
  4. a person who believes that market prices, esp. of stocks, will decline (opposed to bull).
  5. a person who shows great ability, enthusiasm, stamina, etc.: a bear for physics.
  6. (cap.)either of two constellations, Ursa Major or Ursa Minor.
  7. a player at cards who rarely bluffs.
  8. (cap.) Russia.
  9. fully prepared and eager to initiate or deal with a fight, confrontation, or trouble: Keep away from the boss--he's loaded for bear today.
  1. having to do with or marked by declining prices, as of stocks: bear market.
  1. to force prices down in (a market, stock, etc.).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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