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.

Definitions of bear
  1. verb
    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
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    birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born
  2. verb
    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
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    bring forth, produce
    bring forth or yield
  3. verb
    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
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    have
    bear a resemblance”
    bear a signature”
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    carry
    have on the surface or on the skin
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  5. verb
    have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
    “She bears the title of Duchess”
    synonyms: hold
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    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  6. verb
    bring in
    “interest- bearing accounts”
    synonyms: pay, yield
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    clear, net
    yield as a net profit
    pay off
    yield a profit or result
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    bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
  7. verb
    move while holding up or supporting
    Bear gifts”
    bear a heavy load”
    bear news”
    “bearing orders
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    frogmarch
    carry someone against his will upside down such that each limb is held by one person
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    carry, transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
  8. verb
    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
  9. verb
    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
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    include
    have as a part, be made up out of
  10. verb
    have on one's person
    bear a scar”
    synonyms: wear
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  11. verb
    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
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    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
  12. verb
    take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
    “She agreed to bear the responsibility”
    synonyms: accept, assume, take over
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    carry-the can, face the music
    accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
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    take
    take into one's possession
  13. verb
    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
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    carry, hold
    support or hold in a certain manner
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  14. noun
    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
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    carnivore
    a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal
  15. noun
    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
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    bull
    an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later
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    investor
    someone who commits capital in order to gain financial returns
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