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bear‧er [countable]
1 formal someone who carries something such as a flag or a stretcher (=light bed for a sick person)
2 someone who brings you information, a letter etc:
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but...
3SCL formal the bearer of a legal document, for example a passport, is the person that it officially belongs to
4 someone who knows about traditions and customs, and makes sure that younger people learn about them:
They see themselves as the bearers of Jewish tradition.

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