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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEAR OUT

This mark on the counterpane appears to bear out that theory.

Nor was there any person who might bear out a story invented on the spur of the moment.

This seemed, to me, to bear out all that I have said to you.

And as if to bear out his surmise he heard at that moment the noise of wheels behind him.

The observations of my aeroplanes seemed also to bear out this estimate.

The appearance of the Flyaway seemed to bear out this statement.

How can we bear out our pretence, for I am no learned clerk.

The pictorial authorities do not bear out any such conclusion.

All the facts in the case seem to bear out this supposition.

That will bear out Clipperton's story when I put him on the stand.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English beran "to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear" (class IV strong verb; past tense bær, past participle boren), from Proto-Germanic *beranan (cf. Old Saxon beran, Old Frisian bera, Old High German beran, German gebären, Old Norse bera, Gothic bairan "to carry, bear, give birth to"), from PIE root *bher- (1) meaning both "give birth" (though only English and German strongly retain this sense, and Russian has beremennaya "pregnant") and "carry a burden, bring" (see infer).

Ball bearings "bear" the friction. Many senses are from notion of "move onward by pressure." Old English past tense bær became Middle English bare; alternative bore began to appear c.1400, but bare remained the literary form till after 1600. Past participle distinction of borne for "carried" and born for "given birth" is from late 18c. To bear (something) in mind is from 1530s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BEAR OUT

attest

verbaffirm, vouch for
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.