bear on

Definition of bear on

formal
1 :to have an effect on (something)
  • Personal feelings did not bear on our decision.
2 :to apply or relate to (something)
  • What are the facts bearing directly on this matter?

Word by Word Definitions

bear play
  1. : any of a family (Ursidae of the order Carnivora) of large heavy mammals of America and Eurasia that have long shaggy hair, rudimentary tails, and plantigrade feet and feed largely on fruit, plant matter, and insects as well as on flesh

  2. : a surly, uncouth, burly, or shambling person

  3. : one that sells securities or commodities in expectation of a price decline — compare bull

  1. : to move while holding up and supporting (something)

  2. : to be equipped or furnished with (something)

  3. : behave, conduct


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