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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bore1 /bɔr/USA pronunciation
v., bored, bor•ing,n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
to pierce (a solid substance) with a drill: [~ + object]bored a hole into the wall.[no object]bored through the walls.
Civil Engineering[~ + object] to make (a tunnel, etc.) by cutting through a core of material:bored a tunnel under the English Channel.
[~ + through + object] to move forward slowly and steadily:bored through the crowd of people.
[~ + into + object] to look or stare deeply at:Her eyes bored straight into mine.
[countable] a hole made by boring.
Weights and Measures, Mechanical Engineering[after a number] the inside diameter of a hole or hollow round object, such as a gun barrel:a 12-bore shotgun (= a shotgun in which the gun barrel is 12 gauge in diameter).
bore2 /bɔr/USA pronunciation
v., bored, bor•ing,n.
v. [~ + object]
to make (someone) weary by dullness, etc.: The long speech bored me.
a dull, tiresome, or uninteresting person:She's such a bore.
something that causes boredom or annoyance:The play was a bore.
bore is a noun and a verb, boring and bored are adjectives, boredom is a noun:He's a terrible bore. The movie bored him. The movie was boring. The bored students fell asleep during his lecture. The kids were dying of boredom, cooped up in the house all day.
bore3 /bɔr/USA pronunciation
bore4 /bɔr/USA pronunciation
v. a pt. of bear1.
bear1 /bɛr/USA pronunciation
v., bore/bɔr/USA pronunciationborneorborn/bɔrn/USA pronunciationbear•ing.
Be careful with the forms born and borne as past participles of the verb bear. borne is the past participle in all senses that do not refer to physical birth: The wheat fields have borne abundantly this year. Judges have always borne a burden of responsibility. borne is also the form 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: She had borne a son the previous year. When the focus is on the offspring or on something that is brought forth as if by birth, born is the standard spelling, and it occurs only in passive constructions:My friend was born in Ohio.A strange desire was born of the tragic experience.
bear2 /bɛr/USA pronunciation
n., pl. bears,(esp. when thought of as a group)bear,adj.
- [~ + object] to hold up or support: The columns can bear the weight of the roof.
- to give birth to: [~ + object]She was able to bear a child.[~ + object + object]She bore her husband a child (= She bore for her husband a child).
- [~ + object] to produce by natural growth: That tree bears fruit every year.
- [~ + object] to hold up under; be capable of: This claim doesn't bear close examination.
- [~ + object] to drive or push:The crowd bore us along Fifth Avenue.
- [~ + oneself] to carry or conduct (oneself, etc.):She bore herself bravely after her son's death.
- [often: with a negative word or phrase, or in questions] to suffer without complaining: [~ + object]I can't bear it.[~ + to + verb]How can he even bear to look at her?[~ + verb-ing]I can't bear your nagging anymore.
- to be worthy of; be fit for: [~ + object]That silly story doesn't bear repetition.[~ + verb-ing]What he said doesn't bear repeating.
- [~ + object] to carry; bring: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
- to carry in the mind or heart;
feel toward: [~ + object + to/toward]I no longer bear any malice toward her.[~ + object + object]I no longer bear her any malice.
- [~ + object] to transmit or spread (gossip, etc.):I'm sorry to be the one to bear the bad news.
- [~ + object] to give or offer: to bear testimony.
- [~ + object + to] to exhibit; show: My daughter bears a remarkable resemblance to me.
- [~ + object] to possess as a quality or characteristic: "This letter bears your signature, does it not?'' the lawyer asked.
- [no object] to move or go in a (certain) direction or course: Bear left at the traffic light.
- bear down, [no object] to try or struggle harder:to bear down and do better in your studies.
bear down on, [~ + down + on + object]
- to press or push down on:Bear down hard on the screw as you turn the screwdriver.
- to approach or move toward rapidly and threateningly:She bore down angrily on me as soon as I got in the office.
- bear on or upon, [~ + on/upon + object] to show or have a connection to:I can't see how this evidence bears on the case.
- bear out, [~ + object + out] to support; confirm or uphold:The figures will bear me out.
- bear up, [no object] to face hardship bravely;
endure:bearing up very well ever since the tragedy.
- bear with, [~ + with + object] to be patient with:If you'll just bear with me for a few minutes, we'll have the movie running again.
Mammalsa large, stocky mammal with thick, rough fur and a very short tail.
a gruff, clumsy, or rude person.
Businessone who believes that stock prices will decline:Bears dominated the market today as prices fell.
adj. [before a noun]
Businessmarked by declining prices and increased selling of stocks: a bear market.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bore /bɔː/ vb
- to produce (a hole) in (a material) by use of a drill, auger, or other cutting tool
- to increase the diameter of (a hole), as by an internal turning operation on a lathe or similar machine
- (transitive) to produce (a hole in the ground, tunnel, mine shaft, etc) by digging, drilling, cutting, etc
- (intransitive) informal (of a horse or athlete in a race) to push other competitors, esp in order to try to get them out of the way
Etymology: Old English borian; related to Old Norse bora, Old High German borōn to bore, Latin forāre to pierce, Greek pharos ploughing, phárunx pharynx
- a hole or tunnel in the ground, esp one drilled in search of minerals, oil, etc
- the hollow part of a tube or cylinder, esp of a gun barrel
- the diameter of such a hollow part; calibre
- Austral an artesian well
bore /bɔː/ vb
- (transitive) to tire or make weary by being dull, repetitious, or uninteresting
Etymology: 18th Century: of unknown originbored adj
- a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state
bore /bɔː/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old Norse bāra wave, billow
- a high steep-fronted wave moving up a narrow estuary, caused by the tide
bore /bɔː/ vb
- the past tense of bear1
bear /bɛə/ vb (bears, bearing, bore, borne)(mainly tr)
See also bear down
- to support or hold up; sustain
- to bring or convey: to bear gifts
- to take, accept, or assume the responsibility of: to bear an expense
- (past participle bornin passive use except when followed by by) to give birth to: to bear children
- (also intr) to produce by or as if by natural growth: to bear fruit
- to tolerate or endure: she couldn't bear him
- to admit of; sustain: his story does not bear scrutiny
- to hold in the conscious mind or in one's feelings: to bear a grudge, I'll bear that idea in mind
- to show or be marked with: he still bears the scars
- to render or supply (esp in the phrase bear witness)
- to conduct or manage (oneself, the body, etc): she bore her head high
- to have, be, or stand in (relation or comparison): his account bears no relation to the facts
- (intransitive) to move, be located, or lie in a specified direction
- bear a hand ⇒ to give assistance
- bring to bear ⇒ to bring into operation or effect
, bear upEtymology: Old English beran; related to Old Norse bera, Old High German beran to carry, Latin ferre, Greek pherein to bear, Sanskrit bharati he carries
bear /bɛə/ n ( pl bears, bear)
vb (bears, bearing, beared)
- 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
- any of various bearlike animals, such as the koala and the ant bear
- a clumsy, churlish, or ill-mannered person
- a teddy bear
- a speculator who sells in anticipation of falling prices to make a profit on repurchase
- (as modifier): a bear market
Etymology: Old English bera; related to Old Norse bjorn, Old High German bero
- (transitive) to lower or attempt to lower the price or prices of (a stock market or a security) by speculative selling