From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcan’t bear somethingcan’t bear somethingspokena)SUFFERto be so upset about something that you feel unable to accept it or let it happen syn can’t standPlease don’t leave me. I couldn’t bear it.can’t bear the thought of (doing) somethingI just can’t bear the thought of having to start all over.can’t bear to do somethingI can’t bear to see her cry.can’t bear doing somethingI couldn’t bear not seeing him again.b)DON'T LIKEto dislike something or someone very much, often so that they make you feel annoyed or impatient syn can’t standOh, I really can’t bear him.can’t bear somebody doing somethingHe can’t bear people smoking while he’s eating.can’t bear doing somethingI can’t bear being cold. →bear
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can’t bear to do something• She was the kind of person who just couldn't bear to throw anything away.