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BEAR (bore, born, borne)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bear mean? 

BEAR (noun)
  The noun BEAR has 2 senses:

1. massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
2. 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

  Familiarity information: BEAR used as a noun is rare.


BEAR (verb)
  The verb BEAR has 13 senses:

1. have
2. cause_to_be_born
3. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
4. move while holding up or supporting
5. bring forth,
6. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
7. contain or hold; have within
8. bring in
9. have on one's person
10. behave in a certain manner
11. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
12. support or hold in a certain manner
13. be pregnant with

  Familiarity information: BEAR used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


BEAR (noun)


Sense 1bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("bear" is a kind of...):

carnivore (a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bear"):

bear cub (a young bear)

Melursus ursinus; sloth bear; Ursus ursinus (common coarse-haired long-snouted bear of south-central Asia)

ice bear; polar bear; Thalarctos maritimus; Ursus Maritimus (white bear of arctic regions)

Asiatic black bear; black bear; Selenarctos thibetanus; Ursus thibetanus (bear with a black coat living in central and eastern Asia)

American black bear; black bear; Euarctos americanus; Ursus americanus (brown to black North American bear; smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear)

bruin (a conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic 'Reynard the Fox')

brown bear; bruin; Ursus arctos (large ferocious bear of Eurasia)

Holonyms ("bear" is a member of...):

family Ursidae; Ursidae (bears and extinct related forms)


Sense 2bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("bear" is a kind of...):

investor (someone who commits capital in order to gain financial returns)

Antonym:

bull (an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later)


BEAR (verb)


Sense 1bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

bear a resemblance / bear a signature

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

feature; have (have as a feature)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

carry (have on the surface or on the skin)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause_to_be_born

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

give birth; birth; bear; deliver; have

Context example:

My wife had twins yesterday!

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

bring forth; produce (bring forth or yield)

"Bear" entails doing...:

conceive (become pregnant; undergo conception)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

bear; carry; expect; gestate; have a bun in the oven (be pregnant with)

litter (give birth to a litter of animals)

lamb (give birth to a lamb)

kitten (have kittens)

foal (give birth to a foal)

drop (give birth; used for animals)

twin (give birth to twins)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put up with something or somebody unpleasant

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

endure; brook; tolerate; stomach; abide; stick out; digest; bear; put up; suffer; stand; support

Context examples:

I 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

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

allow; countenance; let; permit (consent to, give permission)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

pay (bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action)

sit out (endure to the end)

submit; take; undergo (accept or undergo, often unwillingly)

take a joke (listen to a joke at one's one expense)

take lying down (suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively)

bear up (endure cheerfully)

hold still for; stand for (tolerate or bear)

accept; live with; swallow (tolerate or accommodate oneself to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot bear Sue


Sense 4bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move while holding up or supporting

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

Bear gifts / bear a heavy load / bear news / bearing orders

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

carry; transport (move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body)

"Bear" entails doing...:

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

frogmarch (carry someone against his will upside down such that each limb is held by one person)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring forth,

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

bear; turn out

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

fruit (bear fruit)

overbear (bear too much)

crop (yield crops)

seed (bear seeds)

spin off (produce as a consequence or an unplanned result)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something

Also:

bear out (support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm)


Sense 6bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

assume; take over; accept; bear

Context examples:

I'll accept the charges / She agreed to bear the responsibility

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

take (take into one's possession)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

carry-the can; face the music (accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contain or hold; have within

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

contain; bear; carry; hold

Context examples:

The jar carries wine / The canteen holds fresh water / This can contains water

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

include (have as a part, be made up out of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

retain (hold within)

circle; encircle; environ; ring; round; surround (be around)

confine; enclose; hold in (close in or confine)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 8bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring in

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

pay; bear; yield

Context examples:

interest-bearing accounts / How much does this savings certificate pay annually?

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

bring in; clear; earn; gain; make; pull in; realise; realize; take in (earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages)

Domain category:

investment; investment funds (money that is invested with an expectation of profit)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

clear; net (yield as a net profit)

pay off (yield a profit or result)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 9bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have on one's person

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

wear; bear

Context examples:

He wore a red ribbon / bear a scar

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

feature; have (have as a feature)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Behave in a certain manner

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

deport; acquit; behave; comport; conduct; bear; carry

Context examples:

She carried herself well / he bore himself with dignity / They conducted themselves well during these difficult times

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

bear; carry; hold (support or hold in a certain manner)

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

pose; posture (behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others)

walk around (behave in a certain manner or have certain properties)

deal (behave in a certain way towards others)

assert; put forward (insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized)

fluster (be flustered; behave in a confused manner)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 11bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

hold; bear

Context examples:

She bears the title of Duchess / He held the governorship for almost a decade

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

have; have got; hold (have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Support or hold in a certain manner

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

carry; bear; hold

Context examples:

She holds her head high / He carried himself upright

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bear"):

acquit; bear; behave; carry; comport; conduct; deport (behave in a certain manner)

balance; poise (hold or carry in equilibrium)

piggyback (support on the back and shoulders)

stoop (carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 13bear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be pregnant with

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

have a bun in the oven; gestate; expect; bear; carry

Context examples:

She is bearing his child / The are expecting another child in January / I am carrying his child

Hypernyms (to "bear" is one way to...):

bear; birth; deliver; give birth; have (cause_to_be_born)

"Bear" entails doing...:

conceive (become pregnant; undergo conception)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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