Bearing versus Baring

What is the Difference Between Bearing and Baring?


When to Use Bearing

The word bearing can function as multiple parts of speech.

It has several definitions as a noun, including an object that reduces friction between moving parts, and a synonym of relevance. You find bearings in cars, bikes, fidget spinners, etc.

As a verb, bearing can mean several things. It is the present participle of to bear, which can mean to carry, to gain ground, to have influence, to give birth, or to endure.

When to Use Baring

Baring is a verb. Specifically, it is the present participle of the verb to bare, which means to uncover or expose.

When to Use Barring

Another unrelated word, which has a different pronunciation, is the word barring, which can function as a preposition and a verb.

  • Barring a miracle, it looks like it’s going to rain. (Preposition)
  • We’re barring you from attending this event. (Verb)

    Barring is pronounced bar-ing.

    Summary

    Is it bearing or baring? Baring is a conjugation of the verb to bare, which means to expose. Bearing is a conjugation of the verb to bear, which has many meanings, including to carry and to endure.

    To bare is to expose.

    To bear is to endure, among other things.

    Neither word can be substituted for the other.


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