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bearing

noun

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2 the fact or state of having something in common
  • I don't see any bearing between the quality of this bottle of wine and its rather exorbitant price

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3 the way or manner in which one conducts oneself
  • always retained his military bearing, even after he entered politics

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bearing

adjective

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bearing

verb
present participle of bear

Synonyms & Antonyms of bearing (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to bring forth from the womb
  • luckily, she turned out to be able to bear children after all

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3 to have a relation or connection
  • I just found another fact that bears on this issue

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4 to go on a specified course or in a certain direction
  • the road bears left after the second traffic light

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5 to hold up or serve as a foundation for
  • the wooden bridge will only bear one truck at a time

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7 to manage the actions of (oneself) in a particular way
  • she bore herself well in her first public speaking event

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8 to support and take from one place to another
  • the rescue team came bearing much-needed food and supplies

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10 to wear or have on one's person
  • the right to bear arms

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11 to be positioned along a certain course or in a certain direction
  • the path will bear north after that marked tree

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12 to have as a requirement
  • the violence in that country bears watching if the world wants to avoid a serious international conflict

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13 to have within
  • gold-bearing ore

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14 to occupy a place or location
  • a hot, humid air mass is now bearing just south of the Gulf Coast

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15 to produce as revenue
  • an interest-bearing savings account

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Frequently Asked Questions About bearing

How does the noun bearing contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of bearing are carriage, demeanor, deportment, manner, and mien. While all these words mean "the outward manifestation of personality or attitude," bearing is the most general of these words but now usually implies characteristic posture.

a woman of regal bearing

When is it sensible to use carriage instead of bearing?

The meanings of carriage and bearing largely overlap; however, carriage applies chiefly to habitual posture in standing or walking.

the kind of carriage learned at boarding school

When could demeanor be used to replace bearing?

The synonyms demeanor and bearing are sometimes interchangeable, but demeanor suggests one's attitude toward others as expressed in outward behavior.

the haughty demeanor of the headwaiter

When might deportment be a better fit than bearing?

While in some cases nearly identical to bearing, deportment suggests actions or behavior as formed by breeding or training.

your deportment was atrocious

In what contexts can manner take the place of bearing?

While the synonyms manner and bearing are close in meaning, manner implies characteristic or customary way of moving and gesturing and addressing others.

the imperious manner of a man used to giving orders

Where would mien be a reasonable alternative to bearing?

The words mien and bearing are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mien is a literary term referring both to bearing and demeanor.

a mien of supreme self-satisfaction

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The first known use of bearing was in the 14th century

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“Bearing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bearing. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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