Definition of bear up in English:

bear up

phrasal verb

  • Remain cheerful in the face of adversity.

    ‘she's bearing up remarkably well’
    • ‘They are very determined and they're bearing up well but their freedom has been taking away from them.’
    • ‘His wife is okay and bearing up at the moment and we are just very shocked by what has happened and don't really know what to say.’
    • ‘He told me the Queen was bearing up bravely but that Charles couldn't speak to anyone at the moment.’
    • ‘It'll be interesting to see how he bears up under this and what happens.’
    • ‘She is bearing up very well, but she has had a tremendous shock.’
    • ‘A police spokeswoman said: ‘They're bearing up well considering the circumstances, but are obviously very anxious for Danielle's welfare.’’
    • ‘She added: ‘Tina is bearing up as well as can be expected.’’
    • ‘The victim is bearing up reasonably well considering her ordeal.’
    • ‘That, and a few personal asides on how he is bearing up under the pressure he has been under over the past few months, should have sufficed as a justification for the 45 bill each member of the lobby had to stump up for the three courses.’
    • ‘We are in touch with him and his is bearing up well and keeping himself busy.’
    • ‘‘I hope he is personally bearing up under the strain of all of this and obviously we will hear more this afternoon,’ he said.’
    • ‘The children are bearing up as well as can be expected.’
    • ‘He is really upset that his mum is suddenly gone, but he is bearing up really well, I am very proud of him, and I am sure his mum would be too.’
    • ‘Edmond bore up bravely and I think even enjoyed himself quite a bit, despite a tap-dancing scene which exceeded my tolerance as well.’
    • ‘It's a learning experience for sure, something you have to bear up for and get through.’
    • ‘Your Mom goes shopping with Dottie and Betty, and over low-fat frozen-yogurt in the food court they worry about how Gloria's been bearing up since her Frank went into the hospital.’
    • ‘Through it all, Ho has been bearing up as well as he can.’
    • ‘In my mind, dignity comes from bearing up under suffering we meet throughout our lives rather than letting it destroy us, and from facing fears rather than caving in to them.’
    • ‘Well, she is bearing up as well as she can simply because between her and my father they never left anything unsaid, particularly their love for each other.’
    • ‘‘Farmers are bearing up to the crisis remarkably well,’ said Mr Gullett.’
    cope, persevere, manage, endure
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