What is the meaning of bore?


  • A person who evokes boredom.
  • A high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary.
  • Diameter of a tube or gun barrel.
  • A hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes.


  • Have.
    • usage: "bear a resemblance"; "bear a signature"
  • Cause to be born.
    • usage: "My wife had twins yesterday"
  • Put up with something or somebody unpleasant.
    • usage: "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
  • Move while holding up or supporting.
    • usage: "Bear gifts"; "bear a heavy load"; "bear news"; "bearing orders"
  • (v.) ()
  • Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person.
    • usage: "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
  • Contain or hold; have within.
    • usage: "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
  • Bring in.
    • usage: "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually"
  • Have on one's person.
    • usage: "He wore a red ribbon"; "bear a scar"
  • Behave in a certain manner.
    • usage: "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
  • Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices.
    • usage: "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
  • Support or hold in a certain manner.
    • usage: "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
  • Be pregnant with.
    • usage: "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"
  • Cause to be bored.
  • Make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool.
    • usage: "don't drill here, there's a gas pipe"; "drill a hole into the wall"; "drill for oil"; "carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall"
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APAWordNet. (2010). bore. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/bore/definitions/1201926
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HarvardWordNet 2010, bore, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/bore/definitions/1201926>.
MLAWordNet. "bore" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/bore/definitions/1201926>
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