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 unbearable (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 The plot was thrilling and the suspense was unbearable. Jeff Leen, Washington Post, "What I learned about writing, fame and grace when I spent two weeks showing the master spy novelist around Miami," 30 Dec. 2020 But the bum rush to the Gulf of Mexico’s brown waters offer traffic, walking congestion and the prospect of literally never being able to find a parking spot—making any Spring Break trip unbearable. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "19 rules every Houstonian should follow to live their best Bayou City life," 24 Nov. 2020 But back to Donner, the one who makes the show unbearable. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, "The Christmas Special From Hell," 24 Nov. 2020 Such a development would no doubt make Twitter unbearable and inspire Republicans to their own round of angst about legitimacy and norms. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, "Why Republicans may have to risk replacing Ginsburg," 23 Sep. 2020 Extreme humidity from New Orleans to northern Wisconsin will make summers increasingly unbearable, turning otherwise seemingly survivable heat waves into debilitating health threats. Meridith Kohut, ProPublica, "Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration," 15 Sep. 2020 The tightening of closures is making life inside the Strip unbearable. Bloomberg.com, "Israel Strikes Gaza Strip After Militants Fire Rockets," 29 Aug. 2020 The primary and middle schools, which lack air conditioning, may be closed if temperatures become unbearable. cleveland, "Independence Schools will open for in-person learning -- for now," 4 Aug. 2020 What makes heatwaves so unbearable across eastern Canada is that many people don't have air conditioning. Derek Van Dam, CNN, "Canada heat wave could lead to record temperatures as the southeastern US struggles to reach average summer temperatures," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of unbearable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbearable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbearable. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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