To carry; bring: to bear gifts.
The Sun (2013)Great big bears with sore heads.
Times, Sunday electric quilt promo code Times (2016)No one is born a winner.
He's confused me so much that I've lost my bearings completely.
To hold up; support: to bear the weight of the roof.
Greek arktos and Latin ursus retain the PIE root word for "bear" rtko; see Arctic but it is believed to have been ritually replaced in the northern branches because of hunters' taboo on names of wild animals (cf.The weight is bearing down on my chest.Comment est-ce que tu peux lui parler?Old English beran "to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear" (class IV strong verb; past tense bær, past participle boren from Proto-Germanic *beranan (cf.Times, Sunday Times (2012).
To have and use; exercise: to bear authority; to bear sway.