Word forms: bears
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1. verb If you bear something somewhere, you carry it there or take it there. [literary] [V n adv/prep] ⇒ They bore the oblong hardwood box into the kitchen and put it on the table. -bearing
combining form ⇒ ...food-bearing lorries. 2. verb If you bear something such as a weapon, you hold it or carry it with you. [formal] [V n] ⇒ ...the constitutional right to bear arms. -bearing
combining form ⇒ ...rifle-bearing soldiers. ⇒ ...hundreds of flag-bearing marchers. 3. verb If one thing bears the weight of something else, it supports the weight of that thing. [V n] ⇒ The ice was not thick enough to bear the weight of marching men. -bearing
combining form ⇒ ...the load-bearing joints of the body. 4. verb
If something bears a particular mark or characteristic, it has that mark or characteristic. [V n] ⇒ The houses bear the marks of bullet holes. [V n] ⇒ ...note paper bearing the Presidential seal. [V n] ⇒ ...a corporation he owned that bore his name. [V n] ⇒ The room bore all the signs of a violent struggle.
5. verb If you bear an unpleasant experience, you accept it because you are unable to do anything about it. [V n] ⇒ They will have to bear the misery of living in constant fear of war. [V n] ⇒ He bore his sufferings manfully. 6. verb [with neg] If you can't bear someone or something, you dislike them very much. [V n/v-ing] ⇒ I can't bear people who make judgements and label me. [V n/-ing] ⇒ I can't bear having to think what I'm going to say. [V to-inf] ⇒ He can't bear to talk about it, even to me. 7. verb If someone bears the cost of something, they pay for it. [V n] ⇒ Patients should not have to bear the costs of their own treatment. 8. verb
If you bear the responsibility for something, you accept responsibility for it. [V n] ⇒ If a woman makes a decision to have a child alone, she should bear that responsibility alone.
9. verb If one thing bears no resemblance or no relationship to another thing, they are not at all similar. [V n] ⇒ Their daily menus bore no resemblance whatsoever to what they were actually fed. [V n] ⇒ For many software packages, the price bears little relation to cost. 10. verb
When a plant or tree bears flowers, fruit, or leaves, it produces them. [V n] ⇒ As the plants grow and start to bear fruit they will need a lot of water.
combining form ⇒ ...a strong, fruit-bearing apple tree. 11. verb If something such as a bank account or an investment bears interest, interest is paid on it. [business] [V n] ⇒ The eight-year bond will bear annual interest of 10.5%. -bearing
combining form ⇒ ...interest-bearing current accounts. 12. verb
When a woman bears a child, she gives birth to him or her. [old-fashioned] [V n] ⇒ Emma bore a son called Karl. [V n n] ⇒ She bore him a daughter, Suzanna.
13. verb If you bear someone a feeling such as love or hate, you feel that emotion towards them. [literary] [V n] ⇒ She bore no ill will. If people didn't like her, too bad. [V n n] ⇒ I have lived with him on the best terms and bear him friendship. 14. verb If you bear yourself in a particular way, you move or behave in that way. [literary] [V pron-refl adv/prep] ⇒ There was elegance and simple dignity in the way he bore himself. 15. verb If you bear left or bear right when you are driving or walking along, you turn and continue in that direction. [V adv] ⇒ Go left onto the A107 and bear left into Seven Sisters Road.
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