bear up

verb
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of bear up

1 : to summon up courage, resolution, or strength
  • bearing up under the strain
2 a : 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

  1. repeatedly borne up in times of adversity by his faith

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First Known Use of bear up

1606

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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