bear - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/beə(r)/
singularbear
pluralbears
  1. 1
    a large wild animal with thick fur. There are several different types of bears, for example the polar bear and the grizzly bear. A young bear is called a bear cub.
    1. a.
    2. b.
      used in the name of some animals that are similar to bears

      koala bear

  2. 2
    business someone who expects the prices of shares to fall, so they sell them
    See also bull (sense 2)
  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    3
    loaded for bear ready, equipped and eager for a fight

    The Democrats in Congress were loaded for bear and braced with facts and pointed detailed questions.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/10/2014