bear up

bore up; borne up also born up; bearing up; bears up

Definition of bear up

intransitive verb

1 : to summon up courage, resolution, or strength bearing up under the strain
2a : to prove to be true, accurate, or valid : hold up The deal was scrapped when it became apparent that it would not bear up to scrutiny from the European Commission.— Lars Brandle
b : to prove to be effective or able to withstand something : hold up The brand … first became popular after the duo succeeded in building cars that could bear up to Sweden's rough roads and freezing temperatures.— Hannah M. Muralla

Examples of bear up in a Sentence

repeatedly borne up in times of adversity by his faith
Recent Examples on the Web As part of the analysis, researchers roll immobilized polar bears onto a net, attach the net to a hoist and then lift the bear up for a measurement of its body mass. Evan Bush, NBC News, 16 June 2022 Some argue the key difference from earlier refugee crises is that the Ukrainian refugees are mostly women and children, but that doesn’t bear up to scrutiny. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2022 Deprived of the richness of the text, the movie’s concept and substance shift toward spectacle, which is exactly where Wright’s artistry doesn’t bear up. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 If the universe can bear up under the weight of so many movie remakes of various Peter Parkers being bitten by slightly different radioactive spiders, there’s space enough for a few more good biographies. Sam Negus, National Review, 6 Jan. 2022 The California kitty joins the ranks of other unexpectedly brave pets, like Bella the Yorkie, who chased a bear up a tree, and Winston the dachshund, who saved his senior dog friend Mijo from a mountain lion attack. Kelli Bender,, 29 Oct. 2021 Heidi Nielsen, director of information and outreach for Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, told the SunSentinel that female cats can bear up to three litters a year., 10 Oct. 2021 The annual bear hunt in the state typically involves packs of hounds with GPS collars that chase the bear up trees. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Here’s the bear up in a tree in the backyard of a home in San Anselmo. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bear up

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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26 Jun 2022

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“Bear up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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