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bear

2 [bair]
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

bearlike, adjective
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bear1 (bɛə)
 
vb , 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 intr) 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.  (intr) 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
 
[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)
 
n , pl bears, bear
1.  black bear brown bear See also polar bear 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 clawsRelated: 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
 a.  a speculator who sells in anticipation of falling prices to make a profit on repurchase
 b.  Compare bull (as modifier): a bear market
 
vb , bears, bear, bears, bearing, beared
6.  (tr) to lower or attempt to lower the price or prices of (a stock market or a security) by speculative selling
 
Related: ursine
 
[Old English bera; related to Old Norse bjorn, Old High German bero]

Bear (bɛə)
 
n
1.  Ursa Major the English name for Ursa Minor
2.  an informal name for Russia

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bear
O.E. beran "to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear" (class IV strong verb; past tense bær, pp. boren), from P.Gmc. *beranan (cf. O.H.G. beran, Ger. gebären, O.N. bera, Goth. 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." O.E. past tense bær became M.E. 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 1775. To bear (something) in mind is from 1530s.

bear
O.E. bera "bear," from P.Gmc. *beron "the brown one" (cf. O.N. björn, Ger. Bär), from PIE *bher- (3) "bright, brown" (see brown). Greek arktos and Latin ursus retain the PIE root word for "bear" (*rtko), but it is believed to have been ritually replaced in the northern
branches because of hunters' taboo on names of wild animals (cf. the Ir. equivalent "the good calf," Welsh "honey-pig," Lith. "the licker," Rus. 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. 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.
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Bear definition


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).

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Idioms & Phrases

loaded for bear

Fully prepared for action; also, spoiling for a fight. For example, Bill tackled his new sales route loaded for bear, or When Martin was three hours late, his wife was loaded for bear. This term, dating from the mid-1800s, alludes to the heavy charge of powder or lead that hunters use for large animals like a bear.

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