Bear vs Bare | Definition, Difference & Examples
Bear and bare are pronounced the same but have different meanings.
- Bear can be used as a verb meaning ‘endure’ or ‘carry’ and as a noun to refer to the animal. It’s also used in a range of expressions (e.g., ‘bear with me‘ and ‘bear in mind‘).
- Bare can be used as a verb meaning ‘uncover’ or as an adjective meaning ‘exposed’ or ‘without anything added’.
|Examples: Bear in a sentence
|Examples: Bare in a sentence
|The desk could hardly bear the weight of all the books.
|The apartment is bare, but it will feel like home once I decorate it.
|The tree no longer bears fruit.
|Let me bare my soul to you in a song.
|Rajesh froze when he saw a bear approaching his tent.
|Anna does the bare minimum at the office.
Bear as a verb
Bear can be used as a verb to mean ‘carry’ or ‘support’.
Bear can also be used as a verb to mean ‘endure’. The adjective ‘unbearable’ (i.e., ‘insufferable’) relates to this meaning.
Bear as a noun
Bear can be used as a noun to refer to the animal.
More uses of bear
Bear is also used (as a verb) in a range of expressions.
|Bear with me while I try to find the book you’re looking for.
|Be patient with me
|Please bear in mind that this is just one possibility.
|Take into account/remember
|I hope Paula’s efforts finally bear fruit.
|Have positive results
|The increasing demand bears witness to the fact that it is a good product.
|Is proof of/confirms
|If you want to work full-time, you’ll have to bear the cost of childcare.
|Suffer the cost
|Joe couldn’t bear the pain of losing his dog.
|Endure the pain
|Andy disagreed with his teammates’ decision, but he decided to grin and bear it.
|Accept something you dislike
|That child really bears a resemblance to Abdullah.
|The sculpture bears the mark of true craftsmanship.
Bare as an adjective
Bare can be used as an adjective meaning ‘exposed’ or ‘unfurnished’.
More uses of bare
Bare is also used (as an adjective or verb) in a range of phrases.
|Pack light! Only bring the bare necessities.
|Only what is necessary
|If you do the bare minimum, your boss will not be impressed.
|As little as possible
|I only know the bare bones of the story.
|Most basic form
|Alicia wanted to bare all to Collin.
|The documentary tried to lay bare the events of the Vietnam war.
|Reveal or uncover something that was previously unknown
Worksheet: Bare vs Bear
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