bear·​able | \ ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce bearable (audio) \

Definition of bearable

: capable of being borne

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Other Words from bearable

bearability \ ˌber-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce bearability (audio) \ noun
bearably \ ˈber-​ə-​blē How to pronounce bearably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bearable in a Sentence

He's in a great deal of pain, but the medication makes it bearable. the pain from a sprained ankle is annoying but bearable
Recent Examples on the Web These fragrant drops make using the bathroom right after any foul situations in my one-bedroom apartment more bearable, and have the effect of stepping into an orange grove rather than choking on flowers. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I Used to Think Poo-Poo Sprays Were Full of Crap Until I Tried This One," 3 Jan. 2020 Here are a few products that fix common problems and make a dreary chore just a bit more bearable. Popular Science, "Laundry accessories to make your life a little easier," 3 Jan. 2020 Book the cheap flights to Paris between April and June, when flight prices are usually through the roof, the weather is bearable, and Parisians are out enjoying café culture in full force. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "La Compagnie Has Business Class Flights to Paris for $1,000 Round-Trip," 21 Nov. 2019 Luckily, thanks to modern medicine, a little thing called an epidural can make giving birth much more bearable. Samantha Lauriello,, "Epidural Side Effects and Risks, According to an Ob-Gyn," 12 Nov. 2019 Conditions across the two-week journey were basic but bearable, with no toilet or electric light onboard. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Greta Thunberg needs to cross the Atlantic again. Here are her options," 3 Nov. 2019 Inflation is low, external imbalances are modest and oil prices are bearable. The Economist, "India’s economy is growing at its slowest pace since 2013," 5 Dec. 2019 Past studies have suggested that these small, coldwater fish are occupying a narrowing band in the middle of the water column, where oxygen levels are sufficient and the temperature is bearable. Tony Briscoe,, "In the Great Lakes’ most productive fishing grounds, algae-fueled dead zones are eroding livelihoods," 14 Nov. 2019 So entertainment becomes a way people make their lives a little more bearable, a little more humane, and a little more interesting. Payal Arora, Quartz, "The biggest myths about the next billion internet users," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bearable

circa 1557, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bearable was circa 1557

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bearable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce bearable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bearable

: possible to bear : able to be accepted or endured


bear·​able | \ ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce bearable (audio) \

Kids Definition of bearable

: possible to put up with

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