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

Definition of unbearable

: not bearable : unendurable unbearable pain

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unbearably \ ˌən-​ˈber-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unbearably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unbearable in a Sentence

We were in an almost unbearable state of excitement. this heat is unbearable—when are we going to get air-conditioning?
Recent Examples on the Web No matter: this material is utterly unbearable today. Robert Gottlieb, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Booth Tarkington," 4 Nov. 2019 Bochy was sent flying backward and the replays were nearly unbearable to watch. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Recounting the career of Bruce Bochy, a man fit for all occasions," 28 Sep. 2019 The horrors of the 111 years of its existence are almost unbearable to acknowledge. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Colson Whitehead, American Escape Artist," 30 July 2019 The pressure was almost unbearable in mission control. William Harwood, CBS News, "50 years later, Apollo 11's "one giant leap" remains a defining moment in human history," 14 July 2019 The work is tiring and the pressure is almost unbearable, and there are plenty of examples throughout history of people failing to deal with managerial life. SI.com, "Udo Lattek: The Bundesliga Icon Who Shattered European Records," 9 July 2019 After two days, the stench of their decomposing corpses became unbearable, Warnock recalled. Lauren Cook, CNN, "Their ancestors were slain a century ago along the US-Mexico border. They say now is the time to retell the horror," 20 July 2019 By the time her baby turned two, life had become almost unbearable. Brenda Medina, miamiherald, "Her daughter spent more than 100 days at an immigrant shelter," 26 June 2018 An election campaign will turn up the volume on a din that's already unbearable. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "British politics is turning Trumpian because of Brexit," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unbearable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unbearable

: too bad, harsh, or extreme to be accepted or endured : not bearable


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

Kids Definition of unbearable

: seeming too great or too bad to put up with There was a long, unbearable silence.— Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer

Other Words from unbearable

unbearably \ -​blē \ adverb an unbearably long story

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