bear

To bear is to carry or endure, whether by physical or mental force. If you can bear to read on, you'll find out all the different ways to use the word bear.

Obviously you know the big hairy mountain-roaming animal, but you might not have heard about a bear on Wall Street — an investor who is pessimistic about the market. In its verb form, bear is rooted in the Old English beran, meaning “to bring forth, sustain, endure” and more. So you can bear (or carry) a grudge. You can bear (or give birth to) children. Or you can bear (or stand) to listen to your great aunt tell the same story for the umpteenth time if you have a kind soul.

Primary Meanings of bear

1.
v
be pregnant with
2.
v
have
3.
v
move while holding up or supporting
4.
v
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
5.
v
behave in a certain manner
6.
n
massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
7.
n
an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price
Full Definitions of bear
1

v be pregnant with

“She is bearing his child”
Synonyms:
carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born
expect
look forward to the birth of a child
Type of:
birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born

v cause to be born

Synonyms:
birth, deliver, give birth, have
carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
be pregnant with
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twin
give birth to twins
drop
give birth; used for animals
foal
give birth to a foal
cub
give birth to cubs
kitten
have kittens
lamb
give birth to a lamb
litter
give birth to a litter of animals
pup, whelp
birth
farrow, pig
give birth
fawn
have fawns
calve, have young
birth
carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
be pregnant with
Type of:
bring forth, produce
bring forth or yield

v bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"

“The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers”
Synonyms:
turn out
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spin off
produce as a consequence of something larger
seed
bear seeds
crop
yield crops
overbear
bear too much
fruit
bear fruit
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become
2

v have

bear a resemblance”
bear a signature”
Types:
carry
have on the surface or on the skin
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

“She bears the title of Duchess”
Synonyms:
hold
Type of:
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

v bring in

“interest- bearing accounts”
Synonyms:
pay, yield
Types:
clear, net
yield as a net profit
pay off
yield a profit or result
Type of:
bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
3

v move while holding up or supporting

Bear gifts”
bear a heavy load”
bear news”
“bearing orders
Types:
frogmarch
carry someone against his will upside down such that each limb is held by one person
Type of:
carry, transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

v support or hold in a certain manner

Synonyms:
carry, hold
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sling
hold or carry in a sling
stoop
carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward
piggyback
support on the back and shoulders
balance, poise
hold or carry in equilibrium
acquit, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
behave in a certain manner
juggle
hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
fluster
be flustered; behave in a confused manner
assert, put forward
insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
deal
behave in a certain way towards others
walk around
behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
pose, posture
behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

v contain or hold; have within

Synonyms:
carry, contain, hold
contain, hold, take
be capable of holding or containing
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retain
hold back within
confine, enclose, hold in
close in; "darkness confined him"
border, bound
form the boundary of; be contiguous to
embank
enclose with banks, as for support or protection
rail, rail in
enclose with rails
box in, box up
enclose or confine as if in a box
frame
enclose in a frame, as of a picture
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

v have on one's person

bear a scar”
Synonyms:
wear
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature
4

v put up with something or somebody unpleasant

“I cannot bear his constant criticism”
Synonyms:
abide, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
suffer
experience (emotional) pain
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accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
hold still for, stand for
tolerate or bear
bear up
endure cheerfully
take lying down
suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
take a joke
listen to a joke at one's own expense
sit out
endure to the end
pay
bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
get one's lumps, take one's lumps
suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

“She agreed to bear the responsibility”
Synonyms:
accept, assume, take over
Types:
carry-the can, face the music
accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
Type of:
take
take into one's possession
5

v behave in a certain manner

“he bore himself with dignity”
Synonyms:
acquit, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
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fluster
be flustered; behave in a confused manner
assert, put forward
insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
deal
behave in a certain way towards others
walk around
behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
pose, posture
behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
attitudinise, attitudinize
assume certain affected attitudes
Type of:
carry, hold
support or hold in a certain manner
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
6

n massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws

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bear cub
a young bear
Ursus arctos, brown bear, bruin
large ferocious bear of Eurasia
bruin
a conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'
American black bear, Euarctos americanus, Ursus americanus, black bear
brown to black North American bear; smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
Asiatic black bear, Selenarctos thibetanus, Ursus thibetanus, black bear
bear with a black coat living in central and eastern Asia
Thalarctos maritimus, Ursus Maritimus, ice bear, polar bear
white bear of Arctic regions
Melursus ursinus, Ursus ursinus, sloth bear
common coarse-haired long-snouted bear of south-central Asia
Syrian bear, Ursus arctos syriacus
yellowish-grey Syrian brown bear
Ursus arctos horribilis, Ursus horribilis, grizzly, grizzly bear, silver-tip, silvertip
powerful brownish-yellow bear of the uplands of western North America
Alaskan brown bear, Kodiak, Kodiak bear, Ursus arctos middendorffi, Ursus middendorffi
brown bear of coastal Alaska and British Columbia
cinnamon bear
reddish-brown color phase of the American black bear
Type of:
carnivore
a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal
7

n an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price

Antonyms:
bull
an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later
Type of:
investor
someone who commits capital in order to gain financial returns

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