Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae. They are caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

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  1. A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae, particularly of subfamily ''''.
  2. a rough, unmannerly, uncouth person
  3. An investor who sells commodities, securities or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices.
  4. A state policeman .
  5. a large, hairy man, especially one who is homosexual.
  6. A portable punching machine.
  7. A block covered with coarse matting, used to scour the deck.


  1. To endeavour to depress the price of, or prices in.
    to bear a railroad stock
    to bear the market

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To support or sustain; to hold up.
    This stone bears most of the weight.
  2. To carry something.
  3. To be equipped with (something).
    the right to bear arms
  4. To wear or display.
    The shield bore a red cross.
  5. To declare as testimony.
    The jury could see he was bearing false witness.
  6. To put up with something.
    I would never move to Texas—I can't bear heat.
    Please bear with me as I ramble on and on about nothing very important, such as that time when I was in Montana and I may have seen a mountain lion, but it was pretty far off and it was raining—the weather, not the lion—and the car broke down...
  7. To give birth to someone or something; it may take the father of the direct object as an indirect object.
    In Troy she becomes Paris’ wife, bearing him several children, all of whom die in infancy.
  8. To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.
  9. To be, or head, in a specific direction or azimuth (from somewhere).
    The harbour bears north by northeast.
    By my readings, we're bearing due south, so we should turn about ten degrees east.
    Great Falls bears north of Bozeman.
  10. To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
  11. To endure with patience; to be patient.
  12. To press; with on, upon, or against.
  13. To take effect; to have influence or force.
    to bring matters to bear
  14. To relate or refer; with on or upon.
    How does this bear on the question?
  15. To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
  16. To conduct; to bring (a person).
  17. To possess and use (power, etc.); to exercise.
  18. To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbour.
  19. To gain or win.
  20. To sustain, or be answerable for (blame, expense, responsibility, etc.).
  21. To carry on, or maintain; to have.
  22. To admit or be capable of; to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
  23. To manage, wield, or direct; to behave or conduct (oneself).
  24. To afford; to be (something) to; to supply with.


  1. Characterized by or believing to benefit of declining prices in securities markets.
    The great bear market starting in 1929 scared a whole generation of investors.

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