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


How fortunate it is that they have not decided to bore out that spy-hole again!

There was Jessie's aunt, who bore out the statement of the counsel for the defense.

One of them did so, and what he said bore out some, at least, of Ormsgill's assertions.

Its situation and general character, too, bore out the surmise.

It only bore out the story, as we had known it for five years.

It bore out the idea I had always had that what he needed was a real good jolt.

The line of voters that marched by, and by, bore out Pete's prediction, as Tom's counting eyes saw.

His fatuous innuendoes were unmistakable, and bore out the broader and more shameful accusation hurled by Irène.

For the knell of that passing soul fittest names they bore out of all the Communion of Saints.

It was a simple, straightforward story and one that bore out other known facts.


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.