bear, borne, born

Bear has numerous meanings, one of which has to do with procreation: carrying and giving birth to something or someone. In this sense, the past participle borne is the correct form for all active constructions and for passive constructions followed by by: "Ten children have been borne by Mrs. James." "Mrs. James has borne ten children." Born, also a past participle, is the correct form for all other passive constructions dealing with birth: "One of Mrs. James's children was born in Singapore."

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  • bear — / bar/ vb bore / bōr/, borne, / bōrn/, also, born vt 1: to physically carry (as an object or message) the right of the people to keep and bear arms U.S. Constitution amend. II …   Law dictionary

  • bear — I [[t]bɛər[/t]] v. bore, borne born, bear•ing 1) to hold up or support: The columns bear the weight of the roof[/ex] 2) to give birth to: to bear a child[/ex] 3) to produce by natural growth: a tree that bears fruit[/ex] 4) to sustain or be… …   From formal English to slang

  • bear — 1. v. (past bore; past part. borne, born) Usage: In the passive born is used with reference to birth (e.g. was born in July), except for borne by foll. by the name of the mother (e.g. was borne by Sarah). 1 tr. carry, bring, or take (esp.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Born — Bear Bear (b[^a]r), v. t. [imp. {Bore} (b[=o]r) (formerly {Bare} (b[^a]r)); p. p. {Born} (b[^o]rn), {Borne} (b[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bearing}.] [OE. beren, AS. beran, beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G. geb[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Borne — Bear Bear (b[^a]r), v. t. [imp. {Bore} (b[=o]r) (formerly {Bare} (b[^a]r)); p. p. {Born} (b[^o]rn), {Borne} (b[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bearing}.] [OE. beren, AS. beran, beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G. geb[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bear — (b[^a]r), v. t. [imp. {Bore} (b[=o]r) (formerly {Bare} (b[^a]r)); p. p. {Born} (b[^o]rn), {Borne} (b[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bearing}.] [OE. beren, AS. beran, beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G. geb[ a]ren, Goth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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