bear meaning

[ beə(r) ] Pronunciation:   "bear" in a sentence
Verb: bear (bore,borne, also born)  behr
  1. Have
    "bear a resemblance"; "bear a signature" 
  2. Cause to be born
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Noun: bear  behr
  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

Sounds like: bare

Derived forms: bore, bears, borne, bearing

See also: bear out, bearable, bearer, bearing, ursine

Type of: act, allow, bring forth, bring in, carnivore, carry, clear, countenance, create, earn, feature, gain, have, have got, hold, include, investor, let, make, move, permit, produce, pull in, realise [Brit], realize, take, take in, transport

Antonym: bull

Part of: family Ursidae, Ursidae

Encyclopedia: Bear Bear, Greg Bear, Stearns, and Company Bear, Stearns & Company Bear, AKA D7101 Bear, DE Bear, Delaware


[American slang]
n. an ugly woman. (Derogatory.)
• Tell the old bear to hold her tongue.
• How can a bear like that be allowed to run around loose?


[British slang]
Noun. A large hairy man. [Gay use]

[Slang]
a hairy beefy gay male
E.g. 'Both Mary and John like bears.'

[Business]
AmE / noun [C]

(Finance ; Stock Exchange )

1

a person who sells shares, a particular currency, etc., hoping to buy them back later at a lower price because they think prices are going to fall rather than rise:

The bear argument is that the recent signs of recovery will not last.

The most aggressive dollar bears (= people who think the price of the dollar will fall) say that the dollar will come under sustained pressure.

2 = BEAR MARKET:

Wall Street has suffered three bear years in a row.

BULL


[Defence]
base expeditionary airfield resources

[Economics]
A dealer on a stock exchange, currency market, or commodity market who expects prices to fall. A bear market is one in which prices are falling or expected to fall, i.e. a market in which a dealer is more likely to sell securities, currency, or goods than to buy them. A bear may even sell securities, currency, or goods without having them. This is known as selling short or establishing a bear position. The bear hopes to close (or cover) a short position by buying in at a lower price the securities, currency, or goods previously sold. The difference between the purchase price and the original sale price represents the successful bear's profit. A concerted attempt to force prices down by one or more bears by sustained selling is called a bear raid. A successful bear raid will produce a sharply falling market, known as a bear slide. In a bear squeeze, sellers force prices up against someone known to have a bear position to cover.

Compare bull.


[Finance]
An investor who believes a stock or the overall market will decline. A bear market is a prolonged period of falling stock prices, usually by 20% or more. Related: bull.

[Medicine]
Plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae,having massive bodies,coarse heavy fur,relatively short limbs,and almost rudimentary tails. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary,2d ed) vt bore ; borne also born ; bear·ing : to give birth to

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  1. i gladly bear witness to his good character.
  2. the ice is too thin to bear your weight.
  3. your banks should bear the brunt of it.
  4. a single branch may bear several catkins.
  5. i can bear testimony to his good character.

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