From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishborebore1 /bɔː $ bɔːr/ verb x-refthe past tense of bear→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusbore• And it is not true that a girl decides in junior high that math is, like, so boring.• The mining company bored a 5000 foot hole.• He bores everyone with his stories about his girlfriends.• Being alone with a baby all day bored her to tears.• Not just resistant to the pitter patter of bored kiddie feet but immune to assaults from the outside as well.• Poetry bores me.• It bore out the warnings received from MI6.• There would be nothing more boring than the landslide that everyone predicted.• Twin towers bore the arms of the railway companies emblazoned upon them.• Those with earnings just above the tax threshold bore the heaviest burden of the flat rate tax as a proportion of income.• The machine they used to bore the tunnel is the size of a two storey house.• They had to bore through solid rock.• I will tell you frankly the word Marxism is very boring to me.• Am I boring you?borebore2 ●●○ verb 1 [transitive]BORING to make someone feel bored, especially by talking too much about something they are not interested in He’s the sort of person who bores you at parties. a film that will bore its young audiencebore somebody with something I won’t bore you with all the technical details.bore somebody to death/tears (=make them very bored)2 [intransitive, transitive]TECTI to make a deep round hole in a hard surfacebore something through/into/in something The machine bores a hole through the cards.bore through/into To build the tunnel they had to bore through solid rock.► see thesaurus at dig3 [intransitive + into]LOOK AT if someone’s eyes bore into you, they look at you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusbore• And it is not true that a girl decides in junior high that math is, like, so boring.• Not just resistant to the pitter patter of bored kiddie feet but immune to assaults from the outside as well.• There would be nothing more boring than the landslide that everyone predicted.• Twin towers bore the arms of the railway companies emblazoned upon them.• Those with earnings just above the tax threshold bore the heaviest burden of the flat rate tax as a proportion of income.bore somebody to death/tears• He was fond of her, although she bored him to death.• No, please no, you're not boring me to death.• You can not do a film about the importance of a free press and bore you to death.bore through/into• My damp eyes bored through him.• Those with high energies, such as iron, would penetrate the craft and bore through human cells.• The eyes of the other children bore through me.• Posted in huge letters on classroom walls, the words bore into plebes.• The drill is powerful enough to bore through solid rock.• He bored into the core of our command and control business, and was particularly masterful in assessing deficiencies and correcting them.• But that evening, pulp mill workers crept beneath the building and bored through the floor and into the barrels stored there.• One of the drillers was told if drilling started he would be bored through the ground.• They hatch out in 3-4 weeks and the larvae bore into the wood.borebore3 ●●○ noun 1 [singular]WANT something that is not interesting to you or that annoys you Waiting is a bore. You’ll find it’s a terrible bore.2 [countable]BORING someone who is boring, especially because they talk too much about themselves or about things that do not interest you He turned out to be a crashing bore (=used to emphasize that someone is very boring).3 PMW[singular] the measurement of the width of the inside of a long hollow object such as a pipe or the barrel of a gun Take a length of piping with a bore of about 15 mm.12-/16-/20- etc bore a 12-bore shotgunwide-/narrow-/fine- bore a fine-bore tube4 [singular] a wave of water that moves quickly along a river from the sea at particular times of the year the Severn bore5 TECTI[countable] a borehole
Examples from the Corpusbore• a 12-bore shotgun• Washing the dishes is a bore.• Winston is such a bore!• Whereupon the media, denied the excitements that they had trumpeted, declared the whole event a big, irrelevant bore.• Solitons are solitary waves; the Severn bore is a good example.• Gluck was armed with an incredibly heavy musket, a single-shot museum piece with an octagonal barrel and a smooth bore.• At parties she always gets stuck with some bore who wants to tell her the story of his life.• It was in the direction of Temple Bar Creek and the Mereenie water bores.wide-/narrow-/fine- bore• This process can be hastened by gentle pipetting of the egg masses through a wide bore glass mouth pipette.• Those who could not take this minimum daily requirement orally were fed by fine bore nasogastric tube.