verb (past bore /bôr/; past participle borne /bôrn/)[with object]
- another way of saying bear off.
Old English beran, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit bharati, Greek pherein, and Latin ferre
In the early 17th century, borne and born were simply variant forms of the past participle of bear used interchangeably with no distinction in meaning. By around 1775, however, the present distinction in use had become established. At that time, borne became the standard past participle used in all the senses listed in this dictionary entry, e.g., she has borne you another son, the findings have been borne out, and so on. Born became restricted to just one very common use (which remains the case today), in the passive, without by, as the standard, neutral way to refer to birth: she was born in 1965, he was born lucky, or I was born and bred in Boston.
The different forms of this verb are: (bears, bearing; the past tense is bore and the past participle is borne).
Do not confuse bear with bare. Bear means 'carry' (he was bearing a tray of food) or 'put up with' whereas bare is an adjective that means 'naked' or a verb meaning 'uncover, reveal' (he bared his chest).