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From Old Swedish bæra, from Old Norse bera, from Proto-Germanic *beraną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (whence also börja, bår and barn). Cognate with Danish bære, Norwegian bære, and English bear.[1]


  • (file)


bära (present bär, preterite bar, supine burit, imperative bär)

  1. to carry; to lift and transport anywhere else
    • 1914, Dan Andersson, “Utrivning”, in Kolarhistorier, page 34:
      Isen var så tjock och där var så djupt till vattnet att man fick ställa sig på knä i snön för att ösa upp vatten i hinken.
      Två sådana fans, vi buro upp dem fulla och ställde dem ett stycke från milan.
      The ice there was so thick and it was so deep to the water that one had to get down on ones knees in the snow, to scoop up water into the bucket.
      There were two of those, and we carried them filled and put them down a bit away from the charcoal pile.
  2. to wear; e.g. a piece of clothing or jewelry
  3. (often with a particle like upp) to support, to bear
    Taket bärs upp av pelare
    The roof is supported by columns
    Jag hoppas isen bär
    I hope the ice will carry us (be able to support us)
  4. (often impersonal) to head (compare "head" sense of English "bear")
    Imorgon bär det av (till Säffle)!
    Tomorrow we're (setting) off (to Säffle)! ("Tomorrow it heads off (to Säffle)!") / Tomorrow it's off to Säffle!
    En bit fram bär vägen utför
    A little further on, the road goes downhill ("A bit forth the road heads downhill")
    Vem vet var det bär hän?
    Who knows where it will lead? ("Who knows where it heads away (to)?)
    Vi får se var det bär hän
    We will see where it goes / what happens

Usage notes[edit]

"Bära hän" can be considered an (often somewhat jocularly old-fashioned) idiom.



  • (lead to): leda (till)

Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ bära in Elof Hellquist, Svensk etymologisk ordbok (1st ed., 1922)
  • bära in Reverso Context (Swedish-English)