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

Definition of bearable

: capable of being borne

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 Her husband and son died years ago, and there had been a time when the isolation had felt bearable. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 But the specs upgrades that Apple has reportedly prepared for the new SE model will make the price hike bearable. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2022 While during the early days of the pandemic many nesters sought to make the indoors bearable, the focus has now shifted to creating more livable outdoor spaces. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2022 But eventually, even that wasn’t enough to make my life in Serbia bearable. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 These gifts can make travel more bearable and your time together at home even better. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2022 Keeping large or open-concept rooms in your home bearable on hot days requires an especially powerful air conditioner. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Mar. 2022 The tradition continues today with everyone local — only one sibling lives out of state — which makes the whole process easier and financially bearable. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 12 Mar. 2022 Everyone is now on his frequency, and maybe that makes the pandemic more bearable. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Bearable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bearable


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

Kids Definition of bearable

: possible to put up with

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