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bear

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of bear

  1. 1 a dull, unpleasant, or difficult piece of work the upcoming kitchen renovation sounds like a real bear Synonyms of bear chore, beast, headache, job, killer, laborWords Related to bear drudgery, grind, heavy lifting, lucubration; effort, strain, sweat; burden, load, weight; bother, nuisance, troubleNear Antonyms of bear breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, kid stuff, setup, snap

  2. 2 an irritable and complaining person you've been a real bear lately—are you having a bad week? Synonyms of bear grouch, bellyacher, complainer, crab, crank, croaker, crosspatch, curmudgeon, fusser, griper, grouser, growler, grumbler, grump, murmurer, mutterer, sourpuss, whinerWords Related to bear hunks; malcontent, sorehead; grinch, killjoy, party pooper, spoilsport; defeatist, pessimist; faultfinder, kicker, nagger, nitpicker, objector, quibbler, repiner; crock [slang], hypochondriacNear Antonyms of bear optimist, Pollyanna; happy camper


bear

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bear

  1. 1 to bring forth from the womb luckily, she turned out to be able to bear children after all Synonyms of bear birth [chiefly dialect], deliver, drop, have, mother, produce Words Related to bear labor; breed, multiply, propagate, reproduce, spawn; beget, father, generate, get, sire; calve, kid, kindle, kitten, litter, pup, whelp Phrases give birth to Near Antonyms of bear abort, lose, miscarry

  2. 2 to put up with (something painful or difficult) I can't bear the thought of losing another loved one Synonyms of bear abide, absorb, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British] Words Related to bear allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to) Phrases live with, lump (it), stand for, tough (it) out Near Antonyms of bear decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)

  3. 3 to have a relation or connection I just found another fact that bears on this issue Synonyms of bear appertain, apply, pertain, refer, relateWords Related to bear affect, concern, interest, involve, touch; associate, connect, couple, interrelate, link, tie in; deal (with), treat

  4. 4 to go on a specified course or in a certain direction the road bears left after the second traffic light Synonyms of bear head, makeWords Related to bear aim, bend, direct, point, turn; beeline, light out, put, put out, set off, set out, strike, take off; face, orient, steer; about-face, back, come about, come round, cut, incline, put about, reverse, swerve, tack, turn back, veer, wheel, yaw

  5. 5 to hold up or serve as a foundation for the wooden bridge will only bear one truck at a time Synonyms of bear support, bolster, brace, buttress, carry, prop (up), shore (up), stay, sustain, undergird, underpin, upholdWords Related to bear steady, truss, underlie

  6. 6 to keep in one's mind or heart I'm not one to bear grudges Synonyms of bear harbor, cherish, entertain, have, hold, nurseWords Related to bear cultivate, foster, nurture, support, sustain; carry, keep, maintain, preserve, remember, retain, treasure; cleave (to), cling (to), hug, stick (to); brood (about or over), fixate (on or upon), obsess (about or over)Near Antonyms of bear disregard, drop, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook; abjure, decline, deny, disdain, refuse, reject, repudiate, scorn; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, give up, part (with), quit, renounce, throw out; erase, expunge

  7. 7 to manage the actions of (oneself) in a particular way she bore herself well in her first public speaking event Synonyms of bear acquit, behave, carry, comport, conduct, demean, deport, quitWords Related to bear check, collect, compose, constrain, contain, control, curb, handle, inhibit, quiet, repress, restrain; moderate, modulate, temper; act, impersonate, playNear Antonyms of bear act up, carry on, cut up, misbehave, misconduct

  8. 8 to support and take from one place to another the rescue team came bearing much-needed food and supplies Synonyms of bear carry, cart, convey, ferry, haul, lug, pack, tote, transportWords Related to bear deliver, hand over, transfer; forward, send, ship, transmit; bring, fetch, take; move, remove, shift

  9. 9 to take to or upon oneself I bear some responsibility for the mishap Synonyms of bear accept, assume, shoulder, take over, undertakeWords Related to bear adopt, embrace, take up; advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), espouse, stand by, support, uphold; accede, acquiesce, agree, assent, consent; reaccept, reassumeNear Antonyms of bear abjure, recant, renounce, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; decline, refuse, reject, spurn, turn down; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from); avoid, bypass, detour; abandon, abnegate, forsake, give up, relinquish, spurn, surrender; back down, back off, backtrackAntonyms of bear disavow, disclaim, disown, repudiate

  10. 10 to wear or have on one's person the right to bear arms Synonyms of bear carry, packWords Related to bear flaunt, show off, sport; display, exhibit, parade, show

  11. 11 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction the path will bear north after that marked tree Synonyms of bear run, extend, go, head, lead, lieWords Related to bear cross, cut, pass; course, follow, span, traverse

  12. 12 to have as a requirement the violence in that country bears watching if the world wants to avoid a serious international conflict Synonyms of bear need, challenge, claim, demand, necessitate, require, take, want, warrantWords Related to bear entail, involve; ask, beg, claim, clamor (for), cry (for); hurt (for), lack; command, enjoin, exact, insist, press, quest, stipulateNear Antonyms of bear own, possessAntonyms of bear have, hold

  13. 13 to have within gold-bearing ore Synonyms of bear contain, boast, holdWords Related to bear accommodate, fit, take; case, encase, enclose (also inclose), encompass; harbor, house, lodge, shelter

  14. 14 to occupy a place or location a hot, humid air mass is now bearing just south of the Gulf Coast Synonyms of bear be, stand, lie, sitWords Related to bear command, overlook; hang around, remain, rest, stay, stick around, tarry; await, wait; post, station; dwell, reside

  15. 15 to produce as revenue an interest-bearing savings account Synonyms of bear yield, give, pay, returnWords Related to bear bring in, net; afford, furnish, provide, supply; pay off

Synonym Discussion of bear

bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking.
    • forced to bear a tragic loss
suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing.
    • suffering many insults
endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties.
    • endured years of rejection
abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest.
    • cannot abide their rudeness
tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful.
    • refused to tolerate such treatment
stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching.
    • unable to stand teasing


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