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verb
  1. 3
    formal if something bears writing or a design, that writing or design is on it

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    1. a.
      formal to have a particular name or title

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  2. 4
    to support the weight of something

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    1. a.
      literary to carry or take someone or something somewhere

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    2. b.
      literary if something is borne along by wind, air, or water, it is moved along by it

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    3. c.
      to carry or hold something, for example a weapon

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  3. 5
    formal to give birth to a child

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    1. a.
      if a plant bears flowers or fruit, it produces them

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