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 bearable (audio) \ noun
bearably \ ˈber-​ə-​blē How to pronounce bearable (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 Many are expecting vaccinations, rising levels of immunity and warmer weather to help control the Covid-19 pandemic and make spring and summer more bearable. Scott Gottlieb And Caitlin Rivers, WSJ, "Send Out the Search Party for New Covid Strains," 24 Jan. 2021 Check out these deals on gaming, gadgets, and other gear to make winter hibernation more bearable. Gear Team, Wired, "The 13 Best Weekend Deals on Laptops, Smartwatches, and More," 23 Jan. 2021 But what we were left with helped make our sequestering and distancing from family, friends and colleagues bearable. Jeanne Jakle,, "Critic’s picks for the 10 best TV series of 2020 and how to stream them now," 16 Dec. 2020 Restaurants adapting to winter dining are also competing with homeowners for items that make cold weather more bearable, especially heaters. Nate Schweber, New York Times, "The Setups for Outdoor Winter Dining Are Lavish. But Are They Safe?," 9 Nov. 2020 Being isolated during spring and summer seemed almost bearable. Marcia G. Ory, The Conversation, "Granny’s on Instagram! In the COVID-19 era, older adults see time differently and are doing better than younger people," 18 Dec. 2020 Enter: this incredibly cozy, light blue Free People beanie that makes dressing for subzero temperatures just a tiny bit more bearable. Grace Stearns, Vogue, "9 Holiday Gifts I Ordered for Myself (Because Some Things Just Can’t be Left to Chance)," 10 Dec. 2020 Having personal transportation and a larger space to live in made the lockdown more bearable. Maiya Carmichael,, "A Black Girl’s Guide To Coping With COVID-19," 22 Dec. 2020 Ruthie made that decline bearable, exactly as a bridge dog is supposed to. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, "The Bridge Dog," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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5 Feb 2021

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“Bearable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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