bear out

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From Middle English beren out, dissimilated from earlier Middle English outberen, equivalent to bear +‎ out.


bear out (third-person singular simple present bears out, present participle bearing out, simple past bore out, past participle borne out)

  1. (transitive) To corroborate, prove, or confirm; to demonstrate; to provide evidence for.
    It was a promising idea, but the evidence did not bear out their theory.
  2. To maintain and support to the end; to defend to the last.
    • South
      Company only can bear a man out in an ill thing.