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1 massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
2 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 [ant: bull]


1 have; "bear a resemblance"; "bear a signature"
2 give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!" [syn: give birth, deliver, birth, have]
3 put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up]
4 move while holding up or supporting; "Bear gifts"; "bear a heavy load"; "bear news"; "bearing orders"
5 bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"; "The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers" [syn: turn out]
6 take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person; "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the responsibility" [syn: take over, accept, assume]
7 contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" [syn: hold, carry, contain]
8 bring in; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?" [syn: yield, pay]
9 have on one's person; "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar" [syn: wear]
10 behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: behave, acquit, deport, conduct, comport, carry]
11 have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" [syn: hold]
12 support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" [syn: hold, carry]
13 be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child" [syn: have a bun in the oven, carry, gestate, expect] [also: borne, born, bore]bore


1 a person who evokes boredom [syn: dullard]
2 a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary) [syn: tidal bore, eagre, aegir, eager]
3 diameter of a tube or gun barrel [syn: gauge, caliber, calibre]
4 a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes [syn: bore-hole, drill hole]


1 cause to be bored [syn: tire] [ant: interest]
2 make a hole with a pointed power or hand tool; "don't drill here, there's a gas pipe"; "drill a hole into the wall"; "drill for oil" [syn: drill]bore See bear

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Etymology 1

Old English borian, "to pierce". Confer Dutch boren, German bohren, Old Norse bora. Cognate with Latin forare, "to bore", "to piece". Sense of wearying may come from a figurative use such as "to bore the ears"; confer German drillen.


  • /boʊr/; /boː/ before consonants, /boːr/ before vowels


  1. To make a hole through something.
  2. To inspire boredom in somebody; to disinterest.
  • See
to make a hole
  • Crimean Tatar: teşmek
  • Dutch: boren
  • Finnish: porata
  • German: bohren
  • Icelandic: bora
  • Irish: toll
  • Norwegian: bore
  • Portuguese: cavar
  • Romanian: a gaurii
to inspire boredom
Related terms


  1. A hole drilled or milled through something, as in the bore of a cannon
  2. One who inspires boredom or lack of interest.
  3. A capped well drilled to tap artesian water. The place where the well exists.

Etymology 2


  • /boː/ before consonants, /boːr/ before vowels


  1. A sudden and rapid flow of tide in certain rivers and estuaries which rolls up as a wave; an eagre.

Etymology 3


  • /boː/ before consonants, /boːr/ before vowles


  1. simple past of bear



fr-noun-unc m



  1. to bore (make a hole through something)



  1. morning

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Bore may refer to:
"Bore" may also be used as a synonym for:
  • The action of boring out a hole
  • A borehole, as in an oil well or water well
  • The tool creating this hole, i.e. a drill bit, especially in precision work
  • The inner diameter of a pipe or tube
  • The caliber of a gun; as a measurement it is generally used to refer to smoothbore guns such as shotguns and muskets and is generally used as equivalent to gauge which is the number of balls per pound of lead, later expressed in inches or millimeters; this use is generally archaic, though still used in British English and the sport of paintball where smoothbore barrels are standard. The exception is the .410 bore, which is .410 inches.
  • A person who is boring


bore in French: Bore (homonymie)
bore in Swedish: Bore

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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