Perhaps the most common use for the word "bear" is in describing an animal that looks like this:
But did you know that the word "bear" is also a verb? As a verb, "bear" means to tolerate (or accept) something that is difficult, or you can use it when describing an amount of weight that something can support.
My tooth hurts so much, I can’t bear the pain. (I can’t tolerate the pain.)
How do you bear working with difficult customers all day?
Reema couldn’t bear living with her husband any longer, so she divorced him.
The wall is bearing a lot of weight for the house. (The wall is supporting a lot of weight.)
She bears the weight of her responsibilities very well.
It’s worth noting that the word "bear" is also used when describing birth, but it’s usually used in the passive voice:
A: Where were you born?
B: I was born in France.
A: What year were you born?
B: I was born in 1973.
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