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bear vb. (besides the mod. senses we find the foll.)
1. to have as a member or part of itself Wint. I. ii. 309, 3H6 V. i. 69 “the dearest blood your bodies bear,” Rom. I. iii. 29 “I do bear a brain.”
2. to contain (a meaning or the like) AYL. III. ii. 176 “more feet than the verses would bear,” 1H4 IV. i. 20 “His letters bear his mind,” Ant. I. ii. 130, Compl. 19 “often reading what content it bears.”
3. to carry as a consequence Tim. I. i. 132.
4. to sustain (a part), keep going (the burden of a song) Tp. I. ii. 380, Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 299 “I can bear my part,” Lucr. 1132, &c.
5. to carry on, conduct, execute Ado II. iii. 240 [229], John III. iv. 149 “This act so evilly borne,” H5 I. ii. 212, Mac. III. vi. 3 “Things have been strangely borne.”
6. refl. (freq.) and intr. to behave Meas. I. iii. 47 (Ff “beare”; mod. edd. “bear me”), H8 II. i. 30; also occas. passive Troil. II. iii. 252 “surly borne” (=of surly behaviour).
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