To bear up

Related to To bear up: bear down
to support; to keep from falling or sinking.
- Addison.
To be supported; to have fortitude; to be firm; not to sink; as, to bear up under afflictions.
(Naut.) To put the helm up (or to windward) and so put the ship before the wind; to bear away.

See also: Bear, Bear, Bear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.