Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
  2. (noun, person) 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
  3. (verb, body) have on one's person
    bear a scar
  4. (verb, body) cause to be born
  5. (verb, body) be pregnant with
    The are expecting another child in January
    I am carrying his child
  6. (verb, cognition) put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks
    he learned to tolerate the heat
    She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage
  7. (verb, contact) move while holding up or supporting
    bear a heavy load
    bear news
    bearing orders
  8. (verb, contact) support or hold in a certain manner
    He carried himself upright
  9. (verb, creation) bring forth,
    The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers
  10. (verb, possession) bring in
    How much does this savings certificate pay annually?
  11. (verb, possession) take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
    She agreed to bear the responsibility
  12. (verb, possession) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
    He held the governorship for almost a decade
  13. (verb, social) behave in a certain manner
    he bore himself with dignity
    They conducted themselves well during these difficult times
  14. (verb, stative) have
    bear a signature
  15. (verb, stative) contain or hold; have within
    The canteen holds fresh water
    This can contains water

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Antonyms of Bear


Origin of the word Bear

  1. O.E. beran "to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear" (class IV strong verb; past tense b?r, pp. boren), from P.Gmc. *beranan (cf. O.H.G. beran, Ger. geb?ren, O.N. bera, Goth. bairan "to carry, bear, give birth to"), from PIE root *bher- (1) meaning both "give birth" (though only English and… more
  2. O.E. bera "bear," from P.Gmc. *beron "the brown one" (cf. O.N. bj?rn, Ger. B?r), from PIE *bher- (3) "bright, brown" (see brown). Greek arktos and Latin ursus retain the PIE root word for "bear" (*rtko), but it is believed to have been ritually replaced in the northern branches because of hunters' taboo on names of wild an… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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