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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
This age to blossom, and the next to bear. --Dryden.
2. To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
But man is born to bear. --Pope.
3. To endure with patience; to be patient.
I can not, can not bear. --Dryden.
4. To press; -- with on or upon, or against.
These men bear hard on the suspected party.
5. To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring
matters to bear.
6. To relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this
bear on the question?
7. To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
Her sentence bore that she should stand a certain
time upon the platform. --Hawthorne.
8. To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect
to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.
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
To bear with, to endure; to be indulgent to; to forbear to
resent, oppose, or punish.
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