bear

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 [ˈbɛər]


Inflections of 'bear' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
bears
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (All usages)
bear
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (Can be used as a collective plural—e.g. "Those men are hunting bear.")
Inflections of 'bear' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
bears
v 3rd person singular
bearing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
bore
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (All other usages)
bare
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Archaic: all other usages)
beared
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Finance sense only)
borne
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (All other usages)
born
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Only for senses relating to birth and only in the passive)
beared
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Finance sense only)
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
bear
‘bear’
The other forms of bear are bears, bore, borne. However, the past form and -ed participle are rarely used.
If someone bears pain or a difficult situation, they accept it in a brave way.
Boys are encouraged to be tough and bear pain, to prove they're a man.
‘endure’
Endure is used in a similar way.
Many people have to endure pain without specialist help.
‘can’t bear'
Bear is often used in negative sentences. If you can't bear something or someone, you dislike them very much.
I can't bear him!
If you can't bear to do something, you cannot do it because it makes you so unhappy.
She couldn't bear to talk about it.
‘can’t stand'
If you can't stand something or someone, you dislike them very much.
He kept on asking questions and I couldn't stand it any longer.
I can't stand people who lie.
Be careful
Don't say that you ‘can’t stand to do something.
‘tolerate’ and ‘put up with’
If you tolerate or put up with something, you accept it, although you don't like it or approve of it. Tolerate is more formal than put up with.
The school does not tolerate bad behaviour.
The local people have to put up with a lot of tourists.
bear - bare
These words are both pronounced .
‘bear’
Bear can be a noun or a verb.
A bear is a large, strong wild animal with thick fur and sharp claws.
The bear stood on its hind legs.
If you bear a difficult situation, you accept it and are able to deal with it.
This disaster was more than some of them could bear.
‘bare’
Bare is usually an adjective. Something that is bare has no covering.
The grass was warm under her bare feet.
The walls were bare.
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