\ əˈba(a)(ə)r, -be(ə)r \

Definition of abear

chiefly dialectal
: endure, abide usually used with can and negative I can't abear a sulk— H. G. Wells

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First Known Use of abear

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abear

Middle English aberen “to bear up, raise, put up with, endure,” going back to Old English āberan “to bear, sustain, endure,” from a- “out, away” (also as weak perfective prefix) + beran to bear; a- (also ā-, ǣ- under stress in nominal derivatives) akin to Old Frisian a-, perfective prefix, Old Saxon ā-, ō- (unstressed a-) and probably to Old English or- “outward, extreme, lacking (in nominal compounds),” Old Frisian & Old Saxon ur-, or-, Old High German ar-, ir-, er- unstressed inchoative verb prefix, ur “out of, away from,” Old Norse ūr-, ör-, “out of, from,” ør-, privative prefix, Gothic us- “out of,” us-, privative and perfective prefix; if from pre-Germanic *ud-s- akin to Old English ūt “out”

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“Abear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abear. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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