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Bear appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • A big black bear sat on a big black bug.
  • A big black bug bit a big black bear and made the big black bear bleed blood.
  • The big black bug bit the big black bear,
    but the big black bear bit the big black bug back!
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Bear appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Rae, bite yon no yeti bear.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Comparison of usage frequency between the noun bear and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bear:


Bear is sometimes a misspelling of bare.

The word bear is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun bear

What does bear mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bears / bear

  1. massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
  2. an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • antonym: bull
    • more generic word: investor = someone who commits capital in order to gain financial returns

Alternative definition of the noun bear


  1. A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae, particularly of subfamily Ursinae.
  2. [informal] An animal that resembles a bear, such as a koala or ant bear.
  3. [finance] An investor who sells commodities, securities, or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices.
  4. [informal] A difficult situation or problem.
  5. [slang] A large hairy man, especially one who is gay.

Specialised definition of the noun bear

Glossary of finance / investment

a market on which the value of securities decreases

  • note: This forces investors to sell stock, with prices of investments falling over an extended period.

Definition of the adjective bear

What does bear mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [finance, investments] Characterized by or believing to benefit of declining prices in securities markets.

Definition of the adverb bear

What does bear mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. [UK, slang] very

Definition of the verb bear

What does bear mean as a doing word?

Bear is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. have
    • examples: bear a resemblance | bear a signature
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: feature / have = have as a feature
    • more specific word: carry = have on the surface or on the skin
  2. cause to be born
  3. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  4. move while holding up or supporting
    • examples: Bear gifts | bear a heavy load | bear news | bearing orders
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: carry / transport = move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
    • more specific word: frogmarch = carry someone against his will upside down such that each limb is held by one person
    • entailments: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  5. bring forth
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of bear: turn out
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific terms:
  6. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
  7. contain or hold; have within
  8. bring in
  9. have on one's person
    • example: bear a scar
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of bear: wear
    • more generic words: feature / have = have as a feature
  10. behave in a certain manner
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of bear: acquit / behave / carry / comport / conduct / deport
    • more generic words: carry / hold = support or hold in a certain manner; act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:
      • fluster = be flustered
      • put forward / assert = insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
      • deal = behave in a certain way towards others
      • walk around = behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
      • posture / pose = behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
  11. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
    • example: She bears the title of Duchess
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of bear: hold
    • more generic terms: have / have got / hold = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  12. support or hold in a certain manner
  13. be pregnant with

Alternative definition of the verb bear


  1. [transitive] To carry something.
  2. [transitive] To be equipped with something.
  3. [transitive, with witness] To declare as testimony.
  4. [transitive] To put up with something.
  5. [transitive] To give birth to someone or something.
  6. [transitive] To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.
  7. [intransitive] To be - or head - in a specific direction from the observer’s position.


  1. Bear is a census-designated place in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. The population was 17,593 at the 2000 census.
  2. Bear is the westernmost barony in County Cork in Ireland. It comprises the western tip and southern part of the eponymous Beara peninsula, the north of which is part of the County Kerry barony of Glanarought. The barony of Bear is bounded by Glanarought to the north, the Cork barony of Bantry to the north-east, Bantry Bay to the south, and the Kenmare River to the north-west.
  3. Bear a.k.a. Bear, Arkansas, formerly also called Bear City, Arkansas is a small unincorporated community in Garland County, Arkansas. It is close to the shore of Lake Ouachita which was formed by the building of the Blakely Mountain Dam across the Ouachita River. Up until some point in the early 20th century after 1910 Bear was in Montgomery County, Arkansas. However it was decided to make the boundary more regular so Bear as well as Buckville and Cedar Glades were transferred to Garland County.

There are other places with in their name, like Bear.., Bear's, Bear Run, Bear Lake, Bear Pond, Bear Bluff, Bear Butte, Bear Cross, Bear Grass, Bear River, Bear Swamp, Bear's Den, Bear's Paw, bear's-paw, Mount Bear, White Bear, Bear Branch, Bear Valley, Bear Wallow.


  1. Bear a.k.a. Bear Grylls: Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild, originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom. Grylls is also involved in a number of wildnerness survival television series in the United Kingdom and the United States.
  2. Bear a.k.a. Cameron White: Cameron Leon White is an Australian cricketer, Melbourne Stars captain and former Australian Twenty20 and Victorian Bushrangers captain. A powerful middle order batsman and right-arm leg-spin bowler, White made his first-class cricket debut as a teenager in the 2000–01 season for the Victorian Bushrangers as a bowling all-rounder. Early comparisons with Victoria team-mate Shane Warne faded as White took on a role closer to that of Andrew Symonds, a batsman who bowled occasionally.
  3. Bear a.k.a. Tina Yothers: Kristina Louise "Tina" Yothers is an American actress and singer. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of three, she is best known for her role as Jennifer Keaton on the hit NBC series Family Ties, as well as for her roles in numerous television films throughout the 1980s and early 1990s including The Cherokee Trail, Crash Course, and Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story among others.
  4. Bear a.k.a. Casper Smart is an actor, dancer, and choreographer.
  5. Bear a.k.a. Bearwin Meily is a Filipino actor and baldy.
  6. Bear a.k.a. Bear Pascoe: McKenna Sean "Bear" Pascoe is an American football tight end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.
  7. Bear a.k.a. William Margold is an American pornographic film actor and porn film director.
  8. Bear a.k.a. Sam Melville: Samuel Gardner Melville was an American actor who appeared as a guest star on many popular television programs of the 1960s and 1970s. He portrayed Officer Mike Danko in four seasons of Aaron Spelling's ABC series, The Rookies, and The Bear in the classic surfing movie, Big Wednesday, with Celia Kaye as his unnamed "bride.
  9. Bear a.k.a. Barry Carl: Barry Strauss Carl is an American musician and voice-over actor best known as the bass of the a cappella vocal band Rockapella while the group was house band on the PBS children's geography game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. He was a member of Rockapella from 1988 until he left the group in 2002. Carl is known for his signature deep voice, which he used during his years with Rockapella to create an almost instrumental sounding bass. As a voice-over artist he has done hundreds of television and radio commercials for such companies as Taco Bell, Charmin, Mounds/Almond Joy, Doritos, and Volkswagen; promos for Syfy, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, The Discovery Channel, and PBS; theatrical trailers; industrial narrations; books on tape; public service announcements; internet commercials; and voices for animated characters in anime, video games, and commercials.
  10. Bear a.k.a. Barry Ratcliffe: Barry Joe Ratcliffe is an American actor, comedian, and television and film producer in reality, and commercials.
  11. Bear a.k.a. Eshaunte Jones: Eshaunte "Bear" Jones, is a college basketball player, who decommitted from the Oregon State Beavers. In June 2007, he announced his intention to pass on an oral commitment to Indiana University. In October 2007, he announced his decision to attend Oregon State University the following season after playing as a 5th year senior at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He would late de-commit from Oregon State after a coaching change. In June 2008, Jones signed financial-agreement paperwork with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Because it was after the NCAA signing period, Coach Doc Sadler could not confirm at that time that he had accepted a scholarship. Once he cleared the NCAA clearinghouse process, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the 2008 fall term. On March 31, 2011, Jones announced that he was leaving Nebraska to take care of personal things back in Indiana with his family. After leaving Nebraska, Jones popped up at Division II Northern Kentucky.
  12. Bear a.k.a. Chris Ploszczansky is an actor.
  13. Bear a.k.a. Bruce M. Fischer: Bruce M. "Bear" Fischer is an American actor, best known for playing the prisoner Wolf Grace, in the 1979 film, Escape from Alcatraz. Fischer also played a rapist in Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales. In addition Fischer was one of the Beauregard Brothers on TV's Dukes of Hazzard. He also played "The Coogar" in the film Something Wicked This Way Comes.
  14. Bear a.k.a. Robbie Kaller is a film and television actor.
  15. Bear a.k.a. Jono Owen is a rugby union player who plays for the Rebels in Super Rugby. His playing position is prop. He made debut in Super Rugby for the Brumbies during the 2011 Super Rugby season against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
  16. Bear a.k.a. Bryce Foster is a film actor.
  17. Bear a.k.a. Bérénice Eveno is a cinematographer.
  18. Bear a.k.a. John Hudkins was a stunt performer and an actor.
  19. Bear a.k.a. Craig March is an actor.
  20. Bear a.k.a. Barry Wernick is a film producer and director, screenwriter and actor.
  21. Bear is a voice actor.
  22. Bear a.k.a. Scott C. Roe is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Lee Bear, Sam Bear, Sun Bear, Brad Bear, Care Bear, Dave Bear, Fred Bear, Greg Bear, Jack Bear and many others.


  1. Bear is a musical group.
    • albums: "Greetings, Children of Paradise"
  2. Bear is a musical group.
    • album: "If There's Such a Thing as Angels / New Drunks"

There are other groups with in their name, like Bear.., Bear's, Big Bear, Bear Lake, Bear Creek, Bear Hands, Boy & Bear, Brown Bear, Gummy bear, Huggy Bear, Polar Bear, Straw bear, Bear Colony, Edward Bear, Golden Bear, Little Bear, Wulf-N-Bear, Bear Baiting, Bear Cavalry and Bear with me.


Bear is a dog actor.


  1. Bear is a fictional character from the 2013 drama film Ain't Them Bodies Saints.
  2. Bear is a fictional character from the 1982 film Blade Runner.
  3. Bear is a fictional character from the 2003 film American Wedding.
  4. Bear is a fictional character from the 1997 animated film Lapitch the Little Shoemaker.
  5. Bear is a fictional character from the 2010 film Al Cimiya: The Art of the Black Land.
  6. Bear a.k.a. Toby: Bailey is a fictional character from the book A Dog's Purpose.
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  7. Bear is a fictional character in the 1976 action film Foul Play.
  8. Bear was the pilot who flew Agts. Mulder and Scully and three scientists to the site of the Arctic Ice Core Project research facility. At the site, Bear was infected by a parasite of possible extraterrestrial origin. He died during an attempt to extract the parasite from the back of his neck.
    • occupation: Pilot
  9. Bear is a fictional character from the 2012 film L.

There are other characters with in their name, like Bear.., Bear Cub, Bear man, Bear-Cub, Big Bear, Mr. Bear, Bear claw, Snow Bear, Yogi Bear, Billy Bear, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Gummy bear, Honey Bear, Polar Bear, Sugar Bear, White Bear, Fozzie Bear, Grumpy Bear.


  1. "Bear" a.k.a. "Symphony No. 82" in C major, Hoboken 1/82, is the first of the so-called six Paris Symphonies written by Joseph Haydn. It is popularly known as the Bear Symphony.
  2. "Bear" is the first single from The Antlers' studio album Hospice. The song was released as a digital download in April 2009 to promote the self-released version of Hospice, then released in the United Kingdom on 7" vinyl on November 16, 2009. The single features an exclusive remix of "Bear" by Antlers' Darby Cicci on the B-side. The song evolved out of the 2008 track "Sylvia", which was released on the New York Hospitals EP, partially bearing the same tune but with different lyrics.
  3. "Bear" is a musical single of The Antlers.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  4. "Bear" is a musical EP of Motorama.
    • released in (6 years ago)


  1. "Bear" is a book by Marian Engel.
    • also known as "Bear (New Canadian Library)", "Bear (Nonpareil books)"
    • genre: Fiction
    • subjects: Canada, Literary, Literature
    • award:
      • Governor General's Award for English-language fiction nomination for Marian Engel
      • Governor General's Award for English-language fiction, received by Marian Engel
  2. "Bear" is a book by Mick Inkpen, translated work.
    • also known as "Bear 12 Copy Counterpack Sep 97 Hodder Children's Books", "Bear 36 Copy Pb Dumpbin Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Germany Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Holland Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Vietnam Edition Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Spanish Edition Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Urdu Edition Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Maji/French Edition Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Danish Edition Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Finnish Edition Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb France Hodder Children's Books", "Bear Hb Bangali Edition Hodder Children's Books"
  3. "Bear" is a book by John Schoenherr.
    • genres: Children's literature, Fiction
    • subject: Animal


  1. "Bear" a.k.a. "The Bear" is a 1988 French film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Adapted from the novel The Grizzly King by American author James Oliver Curwood, the screenplay was written by Gérard Brach. Set in late 19th-century British Columbia, Canada, the film tells the story of an orphaned bear cub who befriends an adult male grizzly as hunters pursue them through the wild. Several of the themes explored in the story include orphanhood, peril and protection, and mercy toward and on the behalf of a reformed hunter.
  2. "Bear" is a natural horror Z movie directed by John Rebel and stars Patrick Scott Lewis and Katie Lowes. The film was released on June 4, 2010 in the United Kingdom.
  3. "Bear" is a 2011 short film written by Nash Edgerton and David Michôd and directed by Nash Edgerton.
  4. "Bear" is a 2014 short drama film written and directed by Bård Ivar Engelsås.
  5. "Bear" a.k.a. "Bär" is a short film, directed by Pascal Floerks.
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"Bear" is a sculpture (fiberglass, stainless steel, lead) by Beniamino Bufano.

  • media: fiberglass, stainless steel, lead


Bear is a drinking establishment.

There are other foods with Bear in their name, like Bear.., Bear claw, Gummy bear, Bear's Garlic, KLONDIKE Slim-a-Bear, Bear Naked Banana Nut, Slim-a-Bear Premium Fudge Bar, Bear Naked Cranberry Raisin Cereal, Klondike Slim-a-Bear Mint Sandwich, Bear Naked Double Chocolate Cookies, Klondike Slim-A-Bear Vanilla Sandwich, Klondike Slim-A-Bear Chocolate Sandwich, BEAR NAKED Nut Cluster Crunch honey almond cereals, Klondike Frozen Novelties Slim-A-Bear Vanilla Cone.


  1. Bear: In male bisexual and gay culture, a bear is a large, hairy man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. Bears are one of many LGBT communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity.
  2. Bear a.k.a. The Tupolev Tu-95 is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the Soviet Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Air Force until at least 2040. A development of the bomber for maritime patrol is designated Tu-142, while a passenger airliner derivative was called Tu-114.
  3. Bear is a popular black and white alternative comic book created by British writer/artist Jamie Smart and published in the United States by Slave Labor Graphics. It follows the adventures of a small stuffed bear named Bear and his roommate/antagonist, a psychotic housecat named Looshkin. Looshkin often plays cruel, sadistic, and nonsensical pranks on Bear, and it is not uncommon for faeces and dismemberment to come into play.
  4. Bear a.k.a. De'Runnya Wilson: Family: Mother Tamika Wilson Morton, Terracena Wilson, Jerika Wilson, Martez Wilson, Walter Morton,Tremeka Morton.
  5. Bear is a Print Ad.

Phrases with Bear

Phrases starting with the word Bear:

  1. bear on
  2. bear up
  3. bear cat
  4. bear cub
  5. Bear Gum
  6. bear hug
  7. bear oak
  8. bear off
  9. bear out
  10. bear paw
  11. Bear pit
  12. bear away
  13. bear claw

Phrases ending with the word Bear:

  1. to bear
  2. ant bear
  3. cat bear
  4. ice bear
  5. Lip Bear
  6. she-bear
  7. Sun Bear

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bear

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Google previewJ. J. Bear (2013)

by Tosca M. Schauer

Bear is a little teddy bear with a big problem.

Google previewIntroducing the Mythological Crescent (2008)

Ancient Beliefs and Imagery Connecting Eurasia with Anatolia by Harald Haarmann, Joan Marler

The Sacred Bear as ancestor spirit The bear is the most venerated animal in the Eurasian mythological tradition, and this is true for all local traditions. It is not surprising to find its image among the mobiliary art in the oldest cultural layer known ...

Google previewAnimal Behavior, An Evolutionary Approach (2016)

Biology, Zoology by CTI Reviews

The brown bear is a large bear distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America.

The grizzly bear is any North American subspecies of the brown bear, including the mainland grizzly (Ursus arctos horribilis), the Kodiak bear ...

Google previewEarly Western Travels, 1748-1846 (2007)

by Reuben Gold Thwaites

The grisly bear is the largest and most ferocious — with hair of a dirty-brown colour, slightly mixed with those of a yellowish white. The males not unfrequently weigh five or six hundred pounds. The grey bear is less in size, hair nearly black, ...

Google previewThresholds of Initiation (2005)

by Joseph L. Henderson

The bear is a wild animal, but it frequently has a deceptively tame appearance, as though it would like to make ...

Google previewCRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine (2001)

Health, Disease, and Rehabilitation, Second Edition by Leslie Dierauf, Frances M.D. Gulland

The polar bear is the largest terrestrial predator and is classified as a threatened species (Reynolds and Rommel, 1999) (see Chapter 33, Legislation, Table 1). A number of polar bears are maintained in zoological collections; thus, a basic ...

Google previewThe Christian's Dictionary; Or, Sure Guide to Divine Knowledge (1775)

Containing a Full and Familiar Explanation of All the Remarkable Words Made Use Of, in the Holy Scriptures, and in the Writings of the Most Eminent and Pious Divines, Whether Ancient Or Modern ... To which is Added, a Brief Explication of All the Proper Names Found in Sacred Scripture ... by John Fleetwood

BEAR Is the figurative expression, made use of by Daniel to point out the kingdom of Persia. “And behold, another beast,

A Bear is a barbarous savage creature, and the Persians were a fierce cruel people. The Bear does not gender with ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

[Brown bear . . Warm ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the New York School Poets (2015)

Bear. and. the. New. York. School. poets. LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) and Diane Di Prima began the mimeographnewsletter the Floating Bearin 1961as a quicker, more informal alternative to Yūgen, which di Prima had helped Jones ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

BEAR or CARRY, (to) is to contain in its own state. A. C. 9836. BEAR (to) or BRING FoRTH. See To Conceive. BEAR (to) FALSE WITNEss.

Google previewThe Lyotard Dictionary (2011)

by Stuart Sim

Lyotard repeatedly calls on us to resist the temptation to forget in this way and instead to bear witness to what the dominant ideology is desperately striving to hide from us. To bear witness is to refuse to give in to grand narrative and to frustrate ...

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Quotes about Bear

I think it's a very central tenet to it yes, it is. I can't bear it, I can't bear inequality, I can't bear bad behaviour to other people. I cannot bear it that people are mean to people who can't help what they are. (Janet Suzman)
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Scrabble value of B3E1A1R1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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