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    " He handed her an application bearing what appeared to be the YMCA logo, ...".

    Hi,

    I have found this sentence on a newspaper. The meaning of "bear" in this sentence is totally new for me. According to my dictionary, it would mean "show" in this context. I wonder if "bear" can mean "show" in other circumstances. For example:

    "She didn't bear any emotion."
    "We aggreed to meet at 5 p.m. but she didn't bear."

    Thanks.

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    In this context it means have as a quality or visible mark.

    No, you cannot use it instead of "show".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In this context it means have as a quality or visible mark.

    No, you cannot use it instead of "show".

    Hi,
    I've seen the sentence ''to bear a smile". Does it mean the same as ''to give a smile"? Is it good English, please?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    I've seen the sentence ''to bear a smile". Does it mean the same as ''to give a smile"? Is it good English, please?
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    It implies that the smile is continuous. Usually a smile is a brief facial movement. In the right context it is perfectly good English.

    His face bore a smile as he dropped off the cliff.

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