from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bear; to behave.
- transitive v. To put up with; to endure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bear; behave.
- To suffer or tolerate.
I am a stranger, not one of your kind; and I cannot abear your custom, and had I known it I never would have wedded among you!
That to make divisions was a thing she could not abear to think of, neither could her feelings let her do it.
For I turned, sir, I turned: but I could not help it — I could not abear the torments: but she bore them, sweet angel — and more than I did.
He called Mrs. Bolton Mrs. B., and was very intimate, familiar, and facetious with that lady, quite different from that “aughty, artless beast,” as Mrs. Bolton now denominated a certain young gentleman of our acquaintance, and whom she now vowed she never could abear.
Hunder-cook, indeed! which it's what I never abore yet, and never will abear.
WINSTON, who can't abear strong language, rose from Treasury Bench and stalked forth behind the SPEAKER'S chair, example numerously followed above and below Gangway.
The SQUIRE, though not lacking in moods of generosity, cannot abear a rival in the oratorical field.
However it may be at Westminster, Irish Members can't abear obstruction at home; brought in Bill to remove Monument lower down street; long debate; towards close Admiral FIELD suddenly hove in sight; bore down on enemy.
'Dick,' she said, clutching the young man by the arm, 'I can't abear it any longer.
'It fair upset me; I told her never to do that again; I could not abear to see it,' confessed another.
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