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” or “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.||Looks like|
|The sculpture bears the mark of true craftsmanship.||Displays|
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.||Reveal everything|
|The documentary tried to lay bare the events of the Vietnam war.||Reveal or uncover something that was previously unknown|
Worksheet: Bare vs. Bear
You can test your understanding of the difference between “bare” and “bear” with the worksheet below. Fill in either “bare” or “bear” in each sentence.
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