bare /ˈbær, ˈbɛr/
1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual covering; naked; as, his body is bare; the trees are bare.
2. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
When once thy foot enters the church, be bare. --Herbert.
3. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear ! --Milton.
4. Plain; simple; unadorned; without polish; bald; meager. “Uttering bare truth.”
5. Destitute; indigent; empty; unfurnished or scantily furnished; -- used with of (rarely with in) before the thing wanting or taken away; as, a room bare of furniture. “A bare treasury.”
6. Threadbare; much worn.
It appears by their bare liveries that they live by your bare words. --Shak.
7. Mere; alone; unaccompanied by anything else; as, a bare majority. “The bare necessaries of life.”
Nor are men prevailed upon by bare words. --South.
Under bare poles Naut., having no sail set.
1. Surface; body; substance. [R.]
You have touched the very bare of naked truth. --Marston.
2. Arch. That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.
Bare, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bared(bârd); p. pr. & vb. n. Baring.] To strip off the covering of; to make bare; as, to bare the breast.
Bare. Bore; the old preterit of Bear, v.
Bear v. t. [imp. Bore (formerly Bare ); p. p. Born Borne (bōrn); p. pr. & vb. n. Bearing.]
1. To support or sustain; to hold up.
2. To support and remove or carry; to convey.
I 'll bear your logs the while. --Shak.
3. To conduct; to bring; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
Bear them to my house. --Shak.
4. To possess and use, as power; to exercise.
Every man should bear rule in his own house. --Esther i. 22.
5. To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.
6. To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.
7. To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor
The ancient grudge I bear him. --Shak.
8. To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.
Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne. --Pope.
I cannot bear
The murmur of this lake to hear. --Shelley.
My punishment is greater than I can bear. --Gen. iv. 13.
9. To gain or win. [Obs.]
Some think to bear it by speaking a great word. --Bacon.
She was . . . found not guilty, through bearing of friends and bribing of the judge. --Latimer.
10. To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc.
He shall bear their iniquities. --Is. liii. 11.
Somewhat that will bear your charges. --Dryden.
11. To render or give; to bring forward. “Your testimony bear”
12. To carry on, or maintain; to have. “The credit of bearing a part in the conversation.”
13. To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.
In all criminal cases the most favorable interpretation should be put on words that they can possibly bear. --Swift.
14. To manage, wield, or direct. “Thus must thou thy body bear.” --Shak. Hence: To behave; to conduct.
Hath he borne himself penitently in prison? --Shak.
15. To afford; to be to; to supply with.
His faithful dog shall bear him company. --Pope.
16. To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest.
Here dwelt the man divine whom Samos bore. --Dryden.
Note: ☞ In the passive form of this verb, the best modern usage restricts the past participle born to the sense of brought forth, while borne is used in the other senses of the word. In the active form, borne alone is used as the past participle.
To bear down. (a) To force into a lower place; to carry down; to depress or sink. “His nose, . . . large as were the others, bore them down into insignificance.” --Marryat. (b) To overthrow or crush by force; as, to bear down an enemy.
To bear a hand. (a) To help; to give assistance. (b) Naut. To make haste; to be quick.
To bear in hand, to keep (one) up in expectation, usually by promises never to be realized; to amuse by false pretenses; to delude. [Obs.] “How you were borne in hand, how crossed.” --Shak.
To bear in mind, to remember.
To bear off. (a) To restrain; to keep from approach. (b) Naut. To remove to a distance; to keep clear from rubbing against anything; as, to bear off a blow; to bear off a boat. (c) To gain; to carry off, as a prize. (d) Backgammon To remove from the backgammon board into the home when the position of the piece and the dice provide the proper opportunity; -- the goal of the game is to bear off all of one's men before the opponent.
To bear one hard, to owe one a grudge. [Obs.] “Cæsar doth bear me hard.” --Shak.
To bear out. (a) To maintain and support to the end; to defend to the last. “Company only can bear a man out in an ill thing.” --South. (b) To corroborate; to confirm.
To bear up, to support; to keep from falling or sinking. “Religious hope bears up the mind under sufferings.” --Addison.
Syn: -- To uphold; sustain; maintain; support; undergo; suffer; endure; tolerate; carry; convey; transport; waft.
adj 1: denuded of leaves; "the bare branches of winter"
2: completely unclothed; "bare bodies"; "naked from the waist
up"; "a nude model" [syn: au naturel(p), naked, nude]
3: lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a
scanty harvest"; "a spare diet" [syn: bare(a), scanty,
4: without the natural or usual covering; "a bald spot on the
lawn"; "bare hills" [syn: bald, denuded, denudate]
5: not having a protective covering; "unsheathed cables"; "a
bare blade" [syn: unsheathed] [ant: sheathed]
6: just barely adequate or within a lower limit; "a bare
majority"; "a marginal victory" [syn: bare(a), marginal]
7: apart from anything else; without additions or
modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere
idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the
simple truth" [syn: bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)]
8: lacking a surface finish such as paint; "bare wood";
"unfinished furniture" [syn: unfinished]
9: providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills";
"barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high
Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark
landscape" [syn: barren, bleak, desolate, stark]
10: having extraneous everything removed including contents;
"the bare walls"; "the cupboard was bare" [syn: stripped]
11: showing ground without the usual covering of grass; "a
carefully swept bare yard around the house"
v 1: lay bare; "bare your breasts"; "bare your feelings"
2: make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare" [syn: publicize,
3: lay bare; "denude a forest" [syn: denude, denudate, strip]