bare vs bear :

bare or bear

There are actually three words here. The simple one is the big growlycreature (unless you prefer the Winnie-the-Pooh type). Hardly anyonepast the age of ten gets that one wrong. The problem is the other two.Stevedores bear burdens on their backs and mothers bear children. Bothmean “carry” (in the case of mothers, the meaning has been extended fromcarrying the child during pregnancy to actually giving birth). Butstrippers bare their bodies—sometimes bare-naked. The confusion betweenthis latter verb and “bear” creates many unintentionally amusingsentences; so if you want to entertain your readers while convincingthem that you are a dolt, by all means mix them up. “Bear with me,” thestandard expression, is a request for forbearance or patience. “Barewith me” would be an invitation to undress. “Bare” has an adjectivalform: “The pioneers stripped the forest bare.”

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Definitions

  • v  lay bare
    bare your breasts
    bare your feelings
  • v  make public
  • v  lay bare
  • s  completely unclothed
    bare bodies
  • s  lacking in amplitude or quantity
    a bare livelihood
  • a  not having a protective covering
    a bare blade
  • a  lacking its natural or customary covering
    a bare hill
    bare feet
  • s  just barely adequate or within a lower limit
    a bare majority
  • s  apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
    only the bare facts
  • s  lacking a surface finish such as paint
    bare wood
  • s  providing no shelter or sustenance
    bare rocky hills
  • s  having everything extraneous removed including contents
    the bare walls
    the cupboard was bare
  • s  lacking embellishment or ornamentation

  • n  massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
  • n  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
  • v  have
    bear a resemblance
    bear a signature
  • v  cause to be born
  • v  put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    I cannot bear his constant criticism
  • v  move while holding up or supporting
    bear a heavy load
    bear news
    bearing orders
  • v  bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"
  • v  take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
    She agreed to bear the responsibility
  • v  contain or hold; have within
  • v  bring in
    interest-bearing accounts
  • v  have on one's person
    bear a scar
  • v  behave in a certain manner
  • v  have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
    She bears the title of Duchess
  • v  support or hold in a certain manner
  • v  be pregnant with
    She is bearing his child
News & Articles

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  • THE SCREENING ROOM: Half Hour 3 Concert, With Understudies From Bare, Newsies, The Lion King, Pippin
    Understudies from the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Pippin, the Off-Broadway musical Bare, Newsies and The Lion King stood in the spotlight at Half Hour 3 June 2 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Here are highlights from the evening.
    June 12, 2013 - Playbill

  • Bear Spotted In Newington
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    June 12, 2013 - FOX CT Hartford
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    June 12, 2013 - NBC Chicago
  • Bear spotted on campus, near Academic Village
    Sightings of a bear on UCF campus, as well as near Academic Village, were reported Tuesday to the UCF Police Department.
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