Confusing bear and bare can get you arrested in 47 states…
What are the differences between bear and bare? Each word has a few meanings…
Bear can refer to the furry mammal with claws.
Secondly, bear mean to produce, oftentimes in reference to trees.
Finally, bear mean having to deal with—usually something the person finds unpleasant.
“Bear with me” or “bear with us” means to wait until something is sorted out.
“To bear arms” means to carry weapons.
Please note that there are several other meanings/phrases that include bear (which are a little less common these days). To go in more depth, check out the definitions listed here.
Bare usually means exposed or naked. Sometimes it’s combined with body parts. It can be used as an adjective, to describe something...
Bare It can also be used as a verb, to expose something.
Bare sometimes it means surprisingly little, plain, or empty.
Helpful Tip: Bear is more common than bare, so when in doubt, you might want to use the first one!