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English noun: bear

1. bear (animal) massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws

Broader (hypernym)carnivore

Narrower (hyponym)American black bear, Asiatic black bear, bear cub, black bear, black bear, brown bear, bruin, bruin, Euarctos americanus, ice bear, Melursus ursinus, polar bear, Selenarctos thibetanus, sloth bear, Thalarctos maritimus, Ursus americanus, Ursus arctos, Ursus Maritimus, Ursus thibetanus, Ursus ursinus

Member meronymfamily Ursidae, Ursidae

2. bear (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

Broader (hypernym)investor


English verb: bear

1. bear (stative) have

SamplesBear a resemblance.
Bear a signature.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

Narrower (hyponym)carry

2. bear (body) cause to be born

SamplesMy wife had twins yesterday!.

Synonymsbirth, deliver, give birth, have

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bring forth, produce

Narrower (hyponym)bear, calve, carry, cub, drop, expect, farrow, fawn, foal, gestate, have a bun in the oven, have young, kitten, lamb, litter, pig, pup, twin, whelp


Verb groupbear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven

3. bear (cognition) put up with something or somebody unpleasant

SamplesI cannot bear his constant criticism.
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.

ExamplesSam cannot bear Sue

Synonymsabide, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit

Narrower (hyponym)accept, bear up, hold still for, live with, pay, sit out, stand for, swallow, take a joke, take lying down

Verb groupsuffer

4. bear (contact) move while holding up or supporting

SamplesBear gifts.
Bear a heavy load.
Bear news.
Bearing orders.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)carry, transport

Narrower (hyponym)frogmarch

Entaildisplace, move, move

5. bear (creation) bring forth,

SamplesThe apple tree bore delicious apples this year.
The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers.

Synonymsturn out

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)crop, fruit, overbear, seed, spin off

6. bear (possession) take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

SamplesI'll accept the charges.
She agreed to bear the responsibility.

Synonymsaccept, assume, take over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)carry-the can, face the music

7. bear (stative) contain or hold; have within

SamplesThe jar carries wine.
The canteen holds fresh water.
This can contains water.

Synonymscarry, contain, hold

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)include

Narrower (hyponym)confine, enclose, hold in, retain

Verb groupcontain, hold, take

8. bear (possession) bring in

SamplesInterest-bearing accounts.
How much does this savings certificate pay annually?.

Synonymspay, yield

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in

Narrower (hyponym)clear, net, pay off

Domain categoryinvestment, investment funds

9. bear (body) have on one's person

SamplesHe wore a red ribbon.
Bear a scar.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

10. bear (social) behave in a certain manner

SamplesShe carried herself well.
He bore himself with dignity.
They conducted themselves well during these difficult times.

Synonymsacquit, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act, bear, carry, hold, move

Narrower (hyponym)assert, deal, fluster, pose, posture, put forward, walk around

11. bear (possession) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

SamplesShe bears the title of Duchess.
He held the governorship for almost a decade.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)have, have got, hold

12. bear (contact) support or hold in a certain manner

SamplesShe holds her head high.
He carried himself upright.

Synonymscarry, hold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)acquit, balance, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport, piggyback, poise, sling, stoop

13. bear (body) be pregnant with

SamplesShe is bearing his child.
The are expecting another child in January.
I am carrying his child.

Synonymscarry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have


Verb groupbear, birth, deliver, expect, give birth, have

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