to be relevant to; relate to
If you bear up when experiencing problems, you remain cheerful and show courage in spite of them.
a male bear
a large, ant-eating, edentate mammal ( Myrmecophaga tridactyla ) of Central America and tropical South America, with a long, shaggy tail ; giant anteater
A person's right to bear arms is their right to own and use guns, as a means of defence .
a sweet, almond-flavored breakfast pastry made with yeast dough and shaped in an irregular semicircle resembling a bear's claw
a baby bear
If someone or something bears down on you, they move quickly towards you in a threatening way.
A bear hug is a rather rough, tight, affectionate hug.
(of a vessel) to avoid hitting an obstacle, another vessel, etc, by swerving onto a different course
If someone or something bears a person out or bears out what that person is saying, they support what that person is saying.
a type of small round snowshoe
a place, such as parliament or the stock market ,where there are a lot of aggressive, argumentative and competitive people
an attempt to force down the price of a security or commodity by sustained selling
If you ask someone to bear with you, you are asking them to be patient.
an extinct bear, Ursus spelaeus, that lived in caves in Europe during the Pleistocene Epoch
a mythical creature said to live in the outback ; it resembles an oversized koala with sharp teeth and drops from trees to devour unwary passers-by
a female bear
a small bear, Helarctos malayanus, of tropical forests in S and SE Asia, having a black coat and a yellowish snout and feeding mostly on honey and insects
the constellation Ursa Major or Ursa Minor
to produce good results
(formerly) a place where bears were exhibited and where bear-baiting took place
A bear market is a situation on the stock market when people are selling a lot of shares because they expect that the shares will decrease in value and that they will be able to make a profit by buying them again after a short time. Compare → bull market .
→ the Bear State
the common North American bear ( Ursus americanus ) that lives in forests and feeds mainly on roots and berries
a large ferocious brownish bear, Ursus arctos, inhabiting temperate forests of North America, Europe, and Asia
the constellation Ursa Major
a small sweet made from a gelatinous substance formed to resemble a bear in shape
a large variety of the brown bear, Ursus arctos, inhabiting the west coast of Alaska and neighbouring islands, esp Kodiak
the constellation Ursa Minor
a slow-moving Australian arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctus cinereus, having dense greyish fur and feeding on eucalyptus leaves and bark
A polar bear is a large white bear which is found near the North Pole.
a bear, Melursus ursinus, of forests of S India and Sri Lanka, having a shaggy coat and an elongated snout specialized for feeding on termites
A teddy bear is a children's toy, made from soft or furry material, which looks like a friendly bear.
any minute aquatic segmented eight-legged invertebrate of the phylum Tardigrada, related to the arthropods, occurring in soil, ditches, etc
a white carnivorous bear, Thalarctos maritimus, of coastal regions of the North Pole
the caterpillar of any of various tiger moths, esp Arctia caja of Europe and Isia isabella of North America, having a dense covering of soft hairs
(formerly) an entertainment in which dogs attacked and enraged a chained bear
to give written or oral testimony
a reddish-brown variety of the American black bear
a variety of the brown bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, formerly widespread in W North America; its brown fur has cream or white hair tips on the back, giving a grizzled appearance
bear a hand:
to give assistance
to be sufficiently similar in class or range to be compared with (something else), esp favourably
bear down on:
to press down on; exert pressure on
bear in mind:
either of two Eurasian hellebore plants, Helleborus foetidus or H . viridis, having leaves shaped like the foot and claws of a bear
a widely cultivated S European acanthus plant, Acanthus mollis, having whitish purple-veined flowers
bear the palm:
to be the winner ; take the prize