bear - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  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
    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