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

Definition of unbearable

: not bearable : unendurable unbearable pain

Other Words from unbearable

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 But what was unbearable was the feeling of the helmet on his head. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2022 The journey itself has always been the most challenging part of travel but flying has become, in many cases, unbearable since COVID. Lois Alter Mark, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The loss of Aaleya was so unbearable that Bridgette decided to move her family to McKinney, Texas. Topher Sanders, ProPublica, 9 Dec. 2021 The whole summer is crowded, but not March-April unbearable. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2021 The score, by Jonny Greenwood, raises the tension to nearly unbearable levels. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 And for the officers left behind, worsening shortages have made an already difficult job unbearable, many say. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Nov. 2021 The sound in the room grows huge and unbearable as a woman gives up on her future, releasing energy like an atom ripping apart. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 27 Oct. 2021 And that made what came afterward all the more unbearable for the 70,000-plus in attendance. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 12 Oct. 2021

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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 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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