May 5, 2022

Abear / verb / behr

The word “abear” is a Middle English term that means “to bear, endure, or to put up with.” A person in a mentally or physically difficult situation may have to “abear” the situation until they can find a way out of challenging situations. We find the word “abear” often used with the word can. “Abear” is a widely used term that appeared in many languages. They used it in a phrase in one of the popular North American author H. G. Wells novel.

In a Sentence

The mountain climber felt he couldn’t “abear” climbing the last few feet to reach the summit.

College students regularly “abear” the stress of midterms and final exams in pursuit of their degree.

They forced concertgoers to “abear” listening to their favorite songs in the downpour at the outdoor concert.

Etymology

Etymologists show a wide variety of examples of the use of the word “abear.” There are variations of the word that appear in Middle English, Old English, Old Frisian, and Old Saxon. While the exact date of its original use is unknown, etymologists say the word has been in circulation in the above languages and many other languages since before the 12th century.

Synonym

Endure, Undergo

Antonym

Fade, To Give Up

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