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witness

  

      n  
1    a person who has seen or can give first-hand evidence of some event  
2    a person or thing giving or serving as evidence  
3    a person who testifies, esp. in a court of law, to events or facts within his own knowledge  
4    a person who attests to the genuineness of a document, signature, etc., by adding his own signature  
5    bear witness         
a    to give written or oral testimony  
b    to be evidence or proof of,   (Related adj)        testimonial  
      vb  
6    tr   to see, be present at, or know at first hand  
7    to give or serve as evidence (of)  
8    tr   to be the scene or setting of  
this field has witnessed a battle     
9    intr   to testify, esp. in a court of law, to events within a person's own knowledge  
10    tr   to attest to the genuineness of (a document, signature, etc.) by adding one's own signature  
     (Old English witnes (meaning both testimony and witness), from witan to know, wit2 + -ness; related to Old Norse vitni)  
  witnessable      adj  
  witnesser      n  
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bear   [1]  
      vb   , bears, bearing, bore, borne   mainly tr  
1    to support or hold up; sustain  
2    to bring or convey  
to bear gifts     
3    to take, accept, or assume the responsibility of  
to bear an expense     
4    past participle born in passive use except when foll by: by   to give birth to  
to bear children     
5    also intr   to produce by or as if by natural growth  
to bear fruit     
6    to tolerate or endure  
she couldn't bear him     
7    to admit of; sustain  
his story does not bear scrutiny     
8    to hold in the conscious mind or in one's feelings  
to bear a grudge, I'll bear that idea in mind     
9    to show or be marked with  
he still bears the scars     
10    to transmit or spread  
to bear gossip     
11    to render or supply (esp. in the phrase bear witness)  
12    to conduct or manage (oneself, the body, etc.)  
she bore her head high     
13    to have, be, or stand in (relation or comparison)  
his account bears no relation to the facts     
14    intr   to move, be located, or lie in a specified direction  
the way bears east     
15    to have by right; be entitled to (esp. in the phrase bear title)  
16    bear a hand   to give assistance  
17    bring to bear   to bring into operation or effect  
he brought his knowledge to bear on the situation         See also       bear down       bear off       bear on       bear out       bear up       bear with       born  
     (Old English beran; related to Old Norse bera, Old High German beran to carry, Latin ferre, Greek pherein to bear, Sanskrit bharati he carries)  

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bear

  
1    bring, carry, convey, hump     (Brit. slang)   move, take, tote     (informal)   transport  
2    cherish, entertain, exhibit, harbour, have, hold, maintain, possess, shoulder, support, sustain, uphold, weigh upon  
3    abide, admit, allow, brook, endure, hack     (slang)   permit, put up with     (informal)   stomach, suffer, tolerate, undergo  
4    beget, breed, bring forth, develop, engender, generate, give birth to, produce, yield  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    drop, put down, shed  
2 & 3    abandon, cease, desert, discontinue, drop, give up, leave, quit, relinquish  


bear down  
1    burden, compress, encumber, press down, push, strain, weigh down  
2    advance on, approach, attack, close in, converge on, move in  
bear on     
affect, appertain to, belong to, concern, involve, pertain to, refer to, relate to, touch upon  
bear out     
confirm, corroborate, endorse, justify, prove, substantiate, support, uphold, vindicate  
bear up     
bear the brunt, carry on, endure, go through the mill, grin and bear it     (informal)   keep one's chin up, persevere, suffer, take it on the chin     (informal)   withstand  
bear with     
be patient, forbear, make allowances, put up with     (informal)   suffer, tolerate, wait  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
nm.
Grizzly/Polar bear cross
n.
arboreal, nocturnal and insectivorous species of bear in the Indian subcontinent
known also as Labiated Bear
exp.
be the most affected by a unpleasant situation; be considered the main responsible for a negative event
E.g.: If the deadline is not met, the production department will bear the brunt
n.
Free On Board: A legal term meaning that when the seller loads merchandise for transportation, he bears full responsibility for it but if the merchandise is later lost or harmed, the buyer suffers the loss.

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