Bare and Bear are homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings.
Bare with Me or Bear with Me?
✅ Bear with me is correct
‘Be patient with me’ or ‘wait a moment’. (Polite)
- Bear with me while I find your file.
- If you could just bear with me one second, I’ll go and call her.
More idioms with Bear
Bear down on
Move towards someone or something very fast in a threatening way
- Police were bearing down on the thieves as they neared the port.
- Storm was bearing down on the East of the country over the weekend.
- Attacker was bearing down on the defender, ready to take his shot.
- Close in on
- Move in on
Bear a resemblance to
Look similar to (someone or something)
- Your daughter bears a resemblance to you.
- That tree bears a strong resemblance to the one that’s in my garden.
Bear as a verb means
- to carry
- to support the weight of
Bear as a noun means
- a large furry animal
Bear meaning as a Noun
A large, carnivorous, furry mammal with a short tail and rounded ears.
- Panda bears live in China and eat bamboo.
- Black bears are the most common type of bear in North America.
- Brown bears live in Canada and catch salmon as they swim up the river.
- Did you know that polar bears have black skin, even though their fur is white?
- Spectacled bears live in the Andes and are the only surviving species of bear in South America.
Bear meaning as a Verb
Past tense: bore / born
1. To carry (formal)
- He was bearing his suitcase when she saw him rushing through the station.
- She walked towards him bearing a tray stacked with plates.
- He bore a doctor’s note that meant he would be able to go straight home.
2. To support the weight of
- She bore the whole weight of the family’s money problems.
- I can’t bear it anymore! It’s all too much!
- Take (She couldn’t take the tension anymore)
3. To give birth (formal and old fashioned)
- She bore four children in the space of six years.
- She’d already born eight children when she decided that was enough.