: to summon up courage, resolution, or strength
bearing up under the strain
: 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
: 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
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