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Bear (plural Bears)
  1. A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae, particularly of subfamily Ursinae.
  2. (informal) An animal that resembles a bear, such as a koala or ant bear.
  3. (finance) An investor who sells commodities, securities, or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices.
    Bears look for over-priced securities to sell short.
  4. (informal) A difficult situation or problem.
  5. (slang) A large hairy man, especially one who is gay.


Bear (comparative more Bear, superlative most Bear)

  1. (finance, investments) Characterized by or believing to benefit of declining prices in securities markets.
    The great bear market starting in 1929 scared a whole generation of investors.


Bear (not comparable)

  1. (UK, slang) very
    You rang me last night but it was bear late and I didn't answer.


Bear (third-person singular simple present bears, present participle bearing, simple past bore, or (archaic) bare, past participle born, borne, or (archaic) yborn)

  1. (transitive) To carry something.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 234b.
      imitations that bear the same name as the things
  2. (transitive) To be equipped with something.
    the right to bear arms
  3. (transitive, with witness) To declare as testimony.
    The jury could see he was bearing false witness.
  4. (transitive) To put up with something.
    please bear with me as I...
  5. (transitive) To give birth to someone or something.
    In Troy she becomes Paris’ wife, bearing him several children, all of whom die in infancy.
  6. (transitive) To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.
  7. (intransitive) To be - or head - in a specific direction from the observer’s position.
    The harbour bears North by Northeast.

Synonyms for Bear

carry, produce, convey, transport, support, sustain, suffer, maintain, endure, yield, undergo.

Antonyms for Bear

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Etymology 1

Middle English bere, from Old English bera, from Proto-Germanic *berô (compare West Frisian bear, Dutch beer, German Bär, Danish bjørn), from Proto-Indo-European *bhreu- (shining, brown) (compare Tocharian A parno, B perne (radiant, luminous), Lithuanian bė́ras (brown)).

Use of an epithet (“brown”) in Proto-Indo-European is presumably taboo avoidance; compare Russian медведь (bear), literally “honey-eater”, and French renard (fox), from proper name Renard.

Related to brown and beaver.


Etymology 2

From Middle English beren (carry, bring forth) from Old English beran (to carry, bear, bring) from Proto-Germanic *beranan, *barōnan (to bear, carry) from Proto-Indo-European *bher-, *bhrē- (to bear). Akin to Old High German beran (carry), Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽 (baíran), Latin ferre, and Ancient Greek φέρειν (pherein), Russian беременная (beremennaya, pregnant). These derive from the Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-.

Derived terms


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West Frisian


Bear c. (plural bearen)

  1. bearaf:bear

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