The next word in our vocabulary boost series is BEAR. BEAR is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of keep, accept, provide or tolerate. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using BEAR.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.


Bear as a noun is an animal, but it can also be a verb.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)


Bear in mind = think about

Bear the fruit of… = provide

Bear the weight of something = tolerate pressure

Bear the responsibility of = have responsibility

Cannot bear to do/see something = not want to do/see

Cannot bear thinking about something = not want to think about

Bear a resemblance to = be similar to physically

Bear a child = give birth

Bear gifts/presents = have gifts/presents

Bear testimony = be a witness


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)


Bear on = be connected to something

Does your point really bear on the issue at hand?


To learn how to use BEAR you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.



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