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bare1

[bair] /bɛər/
adjective, barer, barest.
1.
without covering or clothing; naked; nude:
bare legs.
2.
without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.:
bare walls.
3.
open to view; unconcealed; undisguised:
his bare dislike of neckties.
4.
unadorned; bald; plain:
the bare facts.
5.
(of cloth) napless or threadbare.
6.
scarcely or just sufficient; mere:
the bare necessities of life.
7.
Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
verb (used with object), bared, baring.
8.
to open to view; reveal or divulge:
to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English bær; cognate with Old Frisian ber, Dutch baar, Old Saxon, Old High German, German bar, Old Norse berr, Lithuanian bãsas barefoot, Russian bos; akin to Armenian bok naked
Related forms
barish, adjective
bareness, noun
Synonyms
1. undressed. 2. plain, stark, empty, barren. Bare, stark, barren share the sense of lack or absence of something that might be expected. Bare, the least powerful in connotation of the three, means lack of expected or usual coverings, furnishings, or embellishments: bare floor, feet, head. Stark implies extreme severity or desolation and resultant bleakness or dreariness: a stark landscape; a stark, emotionless countenance. Barren carries a strong sense of sterility and oppressive dullness: barren fields; a barren relationship. 6. See mere1 . 8. uncover, expose.
Antonyms
1. covered.

bare2

[bair] /bɛər/
verb, Archaic.
1.
simple past tense of bear.

bear1

[bair] /bɛər/
verb (used with object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bearing.
1.
to hold up; support:
to bear the weight of the roof.
2.
to hold or remain firm under (a load):
The roof will not bear the strain of his weight.
3.
to bring forth (young); give birth to:
to bear a child.
4.
to produce by natural growth:
a tree that bears fruit.
5.
to hold up under; be capable of:
His claim doesn't bear close examination.
6.
to press or push against:
The crowd was borne back by the police.
7.
to hold or carry (oneself, one's body, one's head, etc.):
to bear oneself erectly.
8.
to conduct (oneself):
to bear oneself bravely.
9.
to suffer; endure; undergo:
to bear the blame.
10.
to sustain without yielding or suffering injury; tolerate (usually used in negative constructions, unless qualified):
I can't bear your nagging. I can hardly bear to see her suffering so.
11.
to be fit for or worthy of:
It doesn't bear repeating.
12.
to carry; bring:
to bear gifts.
13.
to carry in the mind or heart:
to bear love; to bear malice.
14.
to transmit or spread (gossip, tales, etc.).
15.
to render; afford; give:
to bear witness; to bear testimony.
16.
to lead; guide; take:
They bore him home.
17.
to have and be entitled to:
to bear title.
18.
to exhibit; show:
to bear a resemblance.
19.
to accept or have, as an obligation:
to bear responsibility; to bear the cost.
20.
to stand in (a relation or ratio); have or show correlatively:
the relation that price bears to profit.
21.
to possess, as a quality or characteristic; have in or on:
to bear traces; to bear an inscription.
22.
to have and use; exercise:
to bear authority; to bear sway.
verb (used without object), bore or (Archaic) bare; borne or born; bearing.
23.
to tend in a course or direction; move; go:
to bear west; to bear left at the fork in the road.
24.
to be located or situated:
The lighthouse bears due north.
25.
to bring forth young or fruit:
Next year the tree will bear.
Verb phrases
26.
bear down,
  1. to press or weigh down.
  2. to strive harder; intensify one's efforts:
    We can't hope to finish unless everyone bears down.
  3. Nautical. to approach from windward, as a ship:
    The cutter was bearing down the channel at twelve knots.
27.
bear down on/upon,
  1. to press or weigh down on.
  2. to strive toward.
  3. to approach something rapidly.
  4. Nautical. to approach (another vessel) from windward:
    The sloop bore down on us, narrowly missing our stern.
28.
bear off,
  1. Nautical. to keep (a boat) from touching or rubbing against a dock, another boat, etc.
  2. Nautical. to steer away.
  3. Backgammon. to remove the stones from the board after they are all home.
29.
bear on/upon, to affect, relate to, or have connection with; be relevant to:
This information may bear on the case.
30.
bear out, to substantiate; confirm:
The facts bear me out.
31.
bear up, to endure; face hardship bravely:
It is inspiring to see them bearing up so well.
32.
bear with, to be patient or forbearing with:
Please bear with me until I finish the story.
Idioms
33.
bring to bear, to concentrate on with a specific purpose:
Pressure was brought to bear on those with overdue accounts.
Origin
before 900; Middle English beren, Old English beran; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German beran, Dutch baren, Old Frisian, Old Norse bera, Gothic bairan, German (ge)bären, Russian berët (he) takes, Albanian bie, Tocharian pär-, Phrygian ab-beret (he) brings, Latin ferre, Old Irish berid (he) carries, Armenian berem, Greek phérein, Sanskrit bhárati, Avestan baraiti; < Indo-European *bher- (see -fer, -phore
Synonyms
1. uphold, sustain. 4. yield. 6. thrust, drive, force. 10. brook, abide, suffer. Bear, stand, endure refer to supporting the burden of something distressing, irksome, or painful. Bear and stand are close synonyms and have a general sense of withstanding: to bear a disappointment well; to stand a loss. Endure implies continued resistance and patience in bearing through a long time: to endure torture.
Usage note
Since the latter part of the 18th century, a distinction has been made between born and borne as past participles of the verb bear1. Borne is the past participle in all senses that do not refer to physical birth: The wheatfields have borne abundantly this year. Judges have always borne a burden of responsibility. Borne is also the participle when the sense is “to bring forth (young)” and the focus is on the mother rather than on the child. In such cases, borne is preceded by a form of have or followed by by: Anna had borne a son the previous year. Two children borne by her earlier were already grown. When the focus is on the offspring or on something brought forth as if by birth, born is the standard spelling, and it occurs only in passive constructions: My friend was born in Ohio. No children have been born at the South Pole. A strange desire was born of the tragic experience. Born is also an adjective meaning “by birth,” “innate,” or “native”: born free; a born troublemaker; Mexican-born.

bear2

[bair] /bɛər/
noun, plural bears (especially collectively) bear.
1.
any of the plantigrade, carnivorous or omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae, having massive bodies, coarse heavy fur, relatively short limbs, and almost rudimentary tails.
2.
any of various animals resembling the bear, as the ant bear.
3.
a gruff, burly, clumsy, bad-mannered, or rude person.
4.
a person who believes that market prices, especially of stocks, will decline (opposed to bull).
5.
Informal. a person who shows great ability, enthusiasm, stamina, etc.:
a bear for physics.
6.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. either of two constellations, Ursa Major or Ursa Minor.
7.
Informal. a player at cards who rarely bluffs.
8.
(initial capital letter) Russia.
adjective
9.
having to do with or marked by declining prices, as of stocks:
bear market.
verb (used with object), beared, bearing.
10.
Stock Exchange. to force prices down in (a market, stock, etc.).
Idioms
11.
loaded for bear, Informal. fully prepared and eager to initiate or deal with a fight, confrontation, or trouble:
Keep away from the boss—he's loaded for bear today.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English be(a)re, beor(e), Old English bera; cognate with Frisian bār, Dutch beer, Old High German bero (German Bär); < Germanic *beran- literally, the brown one; akin to Old Norse bjǫrn, bersi; compare Lithuanian bė́ras brown. Cf. bruin
Related forms
bearlike, adjective
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Examples for bare
  • In autumn, the leaves drop to reveal the bare limbs.
  • Come winter, he might be soldering icicles into glittering loops or star bursts with his bare fingers.
  • Next to the equipment two more boys jumped rope, their bare feet bouncing in rhythm on the cracked concrete.
  • Stripped to their bare bones, these pieces are honest, .
  • Just bare with me guys.
  • The gorilla looked down at us with her bare, white face and gimpy arms.
  • Deputies followed the tracks of his bare feet in the snow to find him.
  • For a moment he gazes at a lone tree as if its bare branches dangle clues.
  • Overgrown with prairie grasses and striped bare by the elements the barn swallows find the accommodations comfortable.
  • So please bare with me while I guide you thru some rough waters.
British Dictionary definitions for bare

bare1

/bɛə/
adjective
1.
unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
2.
without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothing a bare tree
3.
lacking appropriate furnishings, etc a bare room
4.
unembellished; simple the bare facts
5.
(prenomial) just sufficient; mere he earned the bare minimum
6.
with one's bare hands, without a weapon or tool
verb
7.
(transitive) to make bare; uncover; reveal
Derived Forms
bareness, noun
Word Origin
Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot

bare2

/bɛə/
verb
1.
(archaic) a past tense of bear1

bear1

/bɛə/
verb (mainly transitive) bears, bearing, bore, borne
1.
to support or hold up; sustain
2.
to bring or convey to bear gifts
3.
to take, accept, or assume the responsibility of to bear an expense
4.
(past participle bornin passive use except when foll by by) to give birth to to bear children
5.
(also intransitive) to produce by or as if by natural growth to bear fruit
6.
to tolerate or endure she couldn't bear him
7.
to admit of; sustain his story does not bear scrutiny
8.
to hold in the conscious mind or in one's feelings to bear a grudge, I'll bear that idea in mind
9.
to show or be marked with he still bears the scars
10.
to transmit or spread to bear gossip
11.
to render or supply (esp in the phrase bear witness)
12.
to conduct or manage (oneself, the body, etc) she bore her head high
13.
to have, be, or stand in (relation or comparison) his account bears no relation to the facts
14.
(intransitive) to move, be located, or lie in a specified direction the way bears east
15.
to have by right; be entitled to (esp in the phrase bear title)
16.
bear a hand, to give assistance
17.
bring to bear, to bring into operation or effect he brought his knowledge to bear on the situation
Word Origin
Old English beran; related to Old Norse bera, Old High German beran to carry, Latin ferre, Greek pherein to bear, Sanskrit bharati he carries

bear2

/bɛə/
noun (pl) bears, bear
1.
any plantigrade mammal of the family Ursidae: order Carnivora (carnivores). Bears are typically massive omnivorous animals with a large head, a long shaggy coat, and strong claws See also black bear, brown bear, polar bear related adjective ursine
2.
any of various bearlike animals, such as the koala and the ant bear
3.
a clumsy, churlish, or ill-mannered person
4.
a teddy bear
5.
(stock exchange)
  1. a speculator who sells in anticipation of falling prices to make a profit on repurchase
  2. (as modifier) a bear market Compare bull1 (sense 5)
verb bears, bearing, beared
6.
(transitive) to lower or attempt to lower the price or prices of (a stock market or a security) by speculative selling
Word Origin
Old English bera; related to Old Norse bjorn, Old High German bero

Bear

/bɛə/
noun the Bear
1.
the English name for Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
2.
an informal name for Russia
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Word Origin and History for bare
adj.

Old English bær "naked, uncovered, unclothed," from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok "naked;" Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas "barefoot"). Meaning "sheer, absolute" (c.1200) is from the notion of "complete in itself."

v.

Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.

bear

v.

Old English beran "to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear" (class IV strong verb; past tense bær, past participle boren), from Proto-Germanic *beranan (cf. Old Saxon beran, Old Frisian bera, Old High German beran, German gebären, Old Norse bera, Gothic bairan "to carry, bear, give birth to"), from PIE root *bher- (1) meaning both "give birth" (though only English and German strongly retain this sense, and Russian has beremennaya "pregnant") and "carry a burden, bring" (see infer).

Ball bearings "bear" the friction. Many senses are from notion of "move onward by pressure." Old English past tense bær became Middle English bare; alternative bore began to appear c.1400, but bare remained the literary form till after 1600. Past participle distinction of borne for "carried" and born for "given birth" is from late 18c. To bear (something) in mind is from 1530s.

n.

Old English bera "bear," from Proto-Germanic *beron, literally "the brown (one)" (cf. Old Norse björn, Middle Dutch bere, Dutch beer, Old High German bero, German Bär), from PIE *bher- (3) "bright, brown" (see brown (adj.)).

Greek arktos and Latin ursus retain the PIE root word for "bear" (*rtko; see Arctic), but it is believed to have been ritually replaced in the northern branches because of hunters' taboo on names of wild animals (cf. the Irish equivalent "the good calf," Welsh "honey-pig," Lithuanian "the licker," Russian medved "honey-eater"). Others connect the Germanic word with Latin ferus "wild," as if it meant "the wild animal (par excellence) of the northern woods."

Symbolic of Russia since 1794. Used of uncouth persons since 1570s. Stock market meaning "speculator for a fall" is 1709 shortening of bearskin jobber (from the proverb sell the bearskin before one has caught the bear); i.e. "one who sells stock for future delivery, expecting that meanwhile prices will fall." Paired with bull from c.1720. Bear claw as a type of large pastry is from 1942, originally chiefly western U.S.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bare

bear

noun
  1. A capsule containing a narcotic (1960s+ Narcotics)
  2. A difficult school or college course (1960s+ Students)
  3. Anything arduous or very disagreeable; bitch: It's been a bear of a morning •Bear is attested fr 1915 in a similar sense, ''doozie, humdinger'' (1950s+)
  4. bearcat: Stokovich was a bear for records
  5. A large, gruff man
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does a bear shit in the woods

[1700s+; sense perhaps influenced by 1930s jazz musicians' use, ''an unhappy state or condition; impoverishment,'' in which it was rhyming slang for ''nowhere'']


Bear

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bare in the Bible

a native of the mountain regions of Western Asia, frequently mentioned in Scripture. David defended his flocks against the attacks of a bear (1 Sam. 17:34-37). Bears came out of the wood and destroyed the children who mocked the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 2:24). Their habits are referred to in Isa. 59:11; Prov. 28:15; Lam. 3:10. The fury of the female bear when robbed of her young is spoken of (2 Sam. 17:8; Prov. 17:12; Hos. 13:8). In Daniel's vision of the four great monarchies, the Medo-Persian empire is represented by a bear (7:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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