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 for To bear off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bear \Bear\ (b[^a]r), v. t. [imp. Bore (b[=o]r) (formerly
     Bare (b[^a]r)); p. p. Born (b[^o]rn), Borne (b[=o]rn);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Bearing.] [OE. beren, AS. beran, beoran, to
     bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G.
     geb[aum]ren, Goth. ba['i]ran to bear or carry, Icel. bera,
     Sw. b[aum]ra, Dan. b[ae]re, OHG. beran, peran, L. ferre to
     bear, carry, produce, Gr. fe`rein, OSlav. brati to take,
     carry, OIr. berim I bear, Skr. bh[.r] to bear. [root]92. Cf.
     Fertile.]
     1. To support or sustain; to hold up.
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     2. To support and remove or carry; to convey.
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              I 'll bear your logs the while.       --Shak.
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     3. To conduct; to bring; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
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              Bear them to my house.                --Shak.
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     4. To possess and use, as power; to exercise.
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              Every man should bear rule in his own house.
                                                    --Esther i.
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     5. To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a
        mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.
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     6. To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or
        distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.
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     7. To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to
        entertain; to harbor --Dryden.
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              The ancient grudge I bear him.        --Shak.
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     8. To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.
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              Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
              Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.
                                                    --Pope.
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              I cannot bear
              The murmur of this lake to hear.      --Shelley.
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              My punishment is greater than I can bear. --Gen. iv.
                                                    13.
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     9. To gain or win. [Obs.]
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              Some think to bear it by speaking a great word.
                                                    --Bacon.
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              She was . . . found not guilty, through bearing of
              friends and bribing of the judge.     --Latimer.
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     10. To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense,
         responsibility, etc.
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               He shall bear their iniquities.      --Is. liii.
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               Somewhat that will bear your charges. --Dryden.
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     11. To render or give; to bring forward. "Your testimony
         bear" --Dryden.
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     12. To carry on, or maintain; to have. "The credit of bearing
         a part in the conversation." --Locke.
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     13. To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain
         without violence, injury, or change.
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               In all criminal cases the most favorable
               interpretation should be put on words that they can
               possibly bear.                       --Swift.
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     14. To manage, wield, or direct. "Thus must thou thy body
         bear." --Shak. Hence: To behave; to conduct.
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               Hath he borne himself penitently in prison? --Shak.
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     15. To afford; to be to; to supply with.
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               His faithful dog shall bear him company. --Pope.
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     16. To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples;
         to bear children; to bear interest.
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               Here dwelt the man divine whom Samos bore.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     Note: In the passive form of this verb, the best modern usage
           restricts the past participle born to the sense of
           brought forth, while borne is used in the other senses
           of the word. In the active form, borne alone is used as
           the past participle.
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     To bear down.
         (a) To force into a lower place; to carry down; to
             depress or sink. "His nose, . . . large as were the
             others, bore them down into insignificance."
             --Marryat.
         (b) To overthrow or crush by force; as, to bear down an
             enemy.
  
     To bear a hand.
         (a) To help; to give assistance.
         (b) (Naut.) To make haste; to be quick.
  
     To bear in hand, to keep (one) up in expectation, usually
        by promises never to be realized; to amuse by false
        pretenses; to delude. [Obs.] "How you were borne in hand,
        how crossed." --Shak.
  
     To bear in mind, to remember.
  
     To bear off.
         (a) To restrain; to keep from approach.
         (b) (Naut.) To remove to a distance; to keep clear from
             rubbing against anything; as, to bear off a blow; to
             bear off a boat.
         (c) To gain; to carry off, as a prize.
         (d) (Backgammon) To remove from the backgammon board into
             the home when the position of the piece and the dice
             provide the proper opportunity; -- the goal of the
             game is to bear off all of one's men before the
             opponent.
  
     To bear one hard, to owe one a grudge. [Obs.] "C[ae]sar
        doth bear me hard." --Shak.
  
     To bear out.
         (a) To maintain and support to the end; to defend to the
             last. "Company only can bear a man out in an ill
             thing." --South.
         (b) To corroborate; to confirm.
  
     To bear up, to support; to keep from falling or sinking.
        "Religious hope bears up the mind under sufferings."
        --Addison.
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     Syn: To uphold; sustain; maintain; support; undergo; suffer;
          endure; tolerate; carry; convey; transport; waft.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bear \Bear\ (b[^a]r), v. i.
     1. To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to
        barrenness.
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              This age to blossom, and the next to bear. --Dryden.
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     2. To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
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              But man is born to bear.              --Pope.
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     3. To endure with patience; to be patient.
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              I can not, can not bear.              --Dryden.
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     4. To press; -- with on or upon, or against.
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              These men bear hard on the suspected party.
                                                    --Addison.
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     5. To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring
        matters to bear.
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     6. To relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this
        bear on the question?
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     7. To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
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              Her sentence bore that she should stand a certain
              time upon the platform.               --Hawthorne.
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     8. To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect
        to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.
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     To bear against, to approach for attack or seizure; as, a
        lion bears against his prey. [Obs.]
  
     To bear away (Naut.), to change the course of a ship, and
        make her run before the wind.
  
     To bear back, to retreat. "Bearing back from the blows of
        their sable antagonist." --Sir W. Scott.
  
     To bear down upon (Naut.), to approach from the windward
        side; as, the fleet bore down upon the enemy.
  
     To bear in with (Naut.), to run or tend toward; as, a ship
        bears in with the land.
  
     To bear off (Naut.), to steer away, as from land.
  
     To bear up.
        (a) To be supported; to have fortitude; to be firm; not to
            sink; as, to bear up under afflictions.
        (b) (Naut.) To put the helm up (or to windward) and so put
            the ship before the wind; to bear away. --Hamersly.
  
     To bear upon (Mil.), to be pointed or situated so as to
        affect; to be pointed directly against, or so as to hit
        (the object); as, to bring or plant guns so as to bear
        upon a fort or a ship; the artillery bore upon the center.
        
  
     To bear up to, to tend or move toward; as, to bear up to
        one another.
  
     To bear with, to endure; to be indulgent to; to forbear to
        resent, oppose, or punish.
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