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bear 1 [bair] Show IPA verb, bore or ( Archaic ) bare; borne or born; bear·ing. verb (used with object) 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): 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.
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