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Definition of Bear


  1. To support or sustain; to hold up.
  2. To support and remove or carry; to convey.
  3. To conduct; to bring; -- said of persons.
  4. To possess and use, as power; to exercise.
  5. To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.
  6. To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.
  7. To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor
  8. To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.
  9. To gain or win.
  10. To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc.
  11. To render or give; to bring forward.
  12. To carry on, or maintain; to have.
  13. To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
  14. To manage, wield, or direct.
  15. To behave; to conduct.
  16. To afford; to be to; to supply with.
  17. To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest.
  18. To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to barrenness.
  19. To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
  20. To endure with patience; to be patient.
  21. To press; -- with on or upon, or against.
  22. To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring matters to bear.
  23. To relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this bear on the question?
  24. To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
  25. To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.
  26. A bier.
  27. Any species of the genus Ursus, and of the closely allied genera. Bears are plantigrade Carnivora, but they live largely on fruit and insects.
  28. An animal which has some resemblance to a bear in form or habits, but no real affinity; as, the woolly bear; ant bear; water bear; sea bear.
  29. One of two constellations in the northern hemisphere, called respectively the Great Bear and the Lesser Bear, or Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
  30. Metaphorically: A brutal, coarse, or morose person.
  31. A person who sells stocks or securities for future delivery in expectation of a fall in the market.
  32. A portable punching machine.
  33. A block covered with coarse matting; -- used to scour the deck.
  34. To endeavor to depress the price of, or prices in; as, to bear a railroad stock; to bear the market.
  35. Alt. of Bere

Bear Quotations

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
Henri Nouwen

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. - Robert Green Ingersoll
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert Green Ingersoll

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche
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Bear Translations

bear in Afrikaans is uithou, staan, beer, oplewer, produseer
bear in Dutch is naar buiten brengen, dragen
bear in Hungarian is medve
bear in Italian is orso
bear in Latin is gero, tolero, gigno (genuit), gero
bear in Portuguese is urso, padecer
bear in Spanish is soportar, oso
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