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(n.) One of two constellations in the northern hemisphere, called respectively the Great Bear and the Lesser Bear, or Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.


(v. t.) To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest.


(v. i.) To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to barrenness.


(v. i.) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.


(v. i.) To endure with patience; to be patient.


(v. i.) To press; - with on or upon, or against.


(v. i.) To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring matters to bear.


(v. i.) To relate or refer; - with on or upon; as, how does this bear on the question?


(v. i.) To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.


(v. t.) To behave; to conduct.


(n.) A bier.


(n.) Any species of the genus Ursus, and of the closely allied genera. Bears are plantigrade Carnivora, but they live largely on fruit and insects.


(n.) An animal which has some resemblance to a bear in form or habits, but no real affinity; as, the woolly bear; ant bear; water bear; sea bear.


(v. t.) To afford; to be to; to supply with.


(n.) Metaphorically: A brutal, coarse, or morose person.


(n.) A person who sells stocks or securities for future delivery in expectation of a fall in the market.


(n.) A portable punching machine.


(n.) A block covered with coarse matting; - used to scour the deck.


(v. t.) To endeavor to depress the price of, or prices in; as, to bear a railroad stock; to bear the market.


(n.) Alt. of Bere


(v. t.) To manage, wield, or direct.


(v. t.) To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.


(v. t.) To carry on, or maintain; to have.


(v. t.) To render or give; to bring forward.


(v. t.) To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc.


(v. t.) To gain or win.


(v. t.) To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.


(v. i.) To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.


(v. t.) To support and remove or carry; to convey.


(v. t.) To support or sustain; to hold up.


(v. t.) To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor


(v. t.) To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.


(v. t.) To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.


(v. t.) To possess and use, as power; to exercise.


(v. t.) To conduct; to bring; - said of persons.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Bear'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. 1828.

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