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deal with something
to bravely accept or deal with a painful, difficult, or upsetting situation
She was afraid she wouldn't be able to bear the pain.
Overcrowding makes prison life even harder to bear.
Make the water as hot as you
The humiliation was
Black people continue to
of most racial violence
have to deal with the most difficult or damaging part
Passengers could be insulting, and stewardesses just had to
grin and bear it
accept it without complaining
Experts were worried the financial system would not be able to
bear the strain
can't bear something
to be so upset about something that you feel unable to accept it or let it happen
Please don't leave me. I couldn't bear it.
can't bear the thought of (doing) something
I just can't bear the thought of having to start all over.
can't bear to do something
I can't bear to see her cry.
can't bear doing something
I couldn't bear not seeing him again.
to dislike something or someone very much, often so that they make you feel annoyed or impatient
Oh, I really can't bear him.
can't bear somebody doing something
He can't bear people smoking while he's eating.
can't bear doing something
I can't bear being cold.
bear (something) in mind
to remember a fact or piece of information that is important or could be useful in the future
keep (something) in mind
bear in mind (that)
Bear in mind that some children will need help.
accept/be responsible for
to be responsible for or accept something
bear the costs/burden
Each company will bear half the costs of development.
Fares have gone up, perhaps to more than the market will bear.
bear the responsibility/blame etc
Developed countries bear much of the responsibility for environmental problems.
to be under something and support it
My leg was painful, and I wasn't sure it would
a tray bearing a bottle and several glasses
a load-bearing wall
to have or show a sign, mark, or particular appearance, especially when this shows that something has happened or is true
The letter bore no signature.
a car bearing diplomatic license plates
The labels bear a yellow and black symbol.
The town still
bears the scars
of the bombings during the war.
bears the hallmarks
it has the qualities
of a family-owned business.
bear a resemblance/relation to somebody/something
to be similar to someone or something else
bore a striking resemblance
to his father.
The things she says bear little relation to what she actually does.
to give birth to a baby
She might never be able to bear children.
bear somebody a child/son/daughter
She bore him three sons.
if a plan, decision etc bears fruit, it is successful, especially after a long period of time
Charles' diplomacy eventually bore fruit.
if a tree bears fruit, it produces fruit
able to be examined/compared etc
often in negatives
to be suitable or good enough to be examined, compared, repeated etc without failing or being wrong
The production figures did not
We believe our pupils' results will
with any in Scotland.
The story is well known, but it certainly
something doesn't bear thinking about
used to say that something is so upsetting or shocking that you prefer not to think about it
The long-term consequences of a nuclear leak don't bear thinking about.
if a bank account,
etc bears interest, the bank pays you a particular amount of money for keeping your money in the account
to carry someone or something, especially something important
The wedding guests arrived, bearing gifts.
The US Constitution states that the people have a right to
bring pressure/influence to bear (on somebody/something)
to use your influence or power to get what you want
Unions can bring pressure to bear on governments.
bear witness/testimony to something
to show that something is true or exists
The empty workshops bear witness to the industrial past.
to have a particular feeling, especially a bad feeling
bear (somebody) a grudge
continue to feel annoyed after a long time
It was an accident. I don't bear any grudges.
bear somebody no malice/ill will etc
not feel angry
He was just doing his job, and I bore him no malice.
to turn towards the right or left
When you reach the fork in the trail, bear left.
to walk, stand etc in a particular way, especially when this shows your character
She bore herself with great dignity.
if wind, water, or air bears something, it carries it somewhere
The sound of music was borne along on the wind.
to have a particular name or title
He bore the name 'Magnus'.
bear down on somebody/something
to move quickly towards a person or place in a threatening way
a storm bearing down on the island
to behave in a threatening or controlling way towards a person or group
Federal regulators have been bearing down on campaign contributors.
to use all your strength and effort to push or press down on something
bear on/upon something
to relate to and possibly influence something
the national policies which bear on these problems
if facts or information bear out a claim, story, opinion etc, they help to prove that it is true
Evidence bears out the idea that students learn best in small groups.
to show courage or determination during a difficult or unpleasant time
How is he bearing up since the accident?
bear with somebody/something
bear with me
used to ask someone politely to wait while you find out information, finish what you are doing etc
Bear with me a minute, and I'll check if Mr Garrard's in.
to be patient or continue to do something difficult or unpleasant
It's boring, but please bear with it.
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