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Definition of bear noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    bear

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//bɛr//
     
     
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  1. 1a heavy wild animal with thick fur and sharp claws (= pointed parts on the ends of its feet). There are many types of bears a black bear see also grizzly bear, polar bear, teddy bear
  2. 2(finance) a person who sells shares in a company, etc., hoping to buy them back later at a lower price compare bull
  3. 3(informal) a thing that is very difficult to deal with Their Victorian house is beautiful but it’s a bear to clean. see also bearish
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bear