- To support or sustain; to hold up.
- To support and remove or carry; to convey."I 'll bear your logs the while." [Shak.]
- To conduct; to bring; -- said of persons.(Obs)" Bear them to my house." [Shak.]
- To possess and use, as power; to exercise."Every man should bear rule in his own house." [Esther i. 22.]
- To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.
- To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.
- To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor"The ancient grudge I bear him." [Shak.]
- To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer."Should such a man, too fond to rule alone, Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne." [Pope.]"I cannot bear The murmur of this lake to hear." [Shelley.]"My punishment is greater than I can bear." [Gen. iv. 13.]
- To gain or win.(Obs)"Some think to bear it by speaking a great word." [Bacon.]"She was . . . found not guilty, through bearing of friends and bribing of the judge." [Latimer.]
- To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc."He shall bear their iniquities." [Is. liii. 11.]"Somewhat that will bear your charges." [Dryden.]
- To render or give; to bring forward."Your testimony bear " [Dryden.]
- To carry on, or maintain; to have."The credit of bearinga part in the conversation." [Locke.]
- To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change."In all criminal cases the most favorable interpretation should be put on words that they can possibly bear." [Swift.]
- To manage, wield, or direct."Thus must thou thy body bear."Shak.To behave; to conduct."Hath he borne himself penitently in prison?" [Shak.]
- To afford; to be to; to supply with."His faithful dog shall bear him company." [Pope.]
- To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest."Here dwelt the man divine whom Samos bore." [Dryden.]synonyms: To uphold; sustain; maintain; support; undergo; suffer; endure; tolerate; carry; convey; transport; waft.
Note: ☞ In the passive form of this verb, the best modern usage restricts the past participle born to the sense of brought forth, while borne is used in the other senses of the word. In the active form, borne alone is used as the past participle.
Etymology: OE. beren, AS. beran beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G. gebären, Goth. baíran to bear or carry, Icel. bera, Sw. bära, Dan. bære, OHG. beran peran, L. ferre to bear, carry, produce, Gr. fe`rein, OSlav. brati to take, carry, OIr. berim I bear, Skr. bhṛ to bear. √92. Cf. Fertile