Meaning of BORE in English


I. bore 1 /bɔː $ bɔːr/ BrE AmE

the past tense of ↑ bear

II. bore 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [transitive] 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 audience

bore somebody with something

I won’t bore you with all the technical details.

bore somebody to death/tears (=make them very bored)

2 . [intransitive and transitive] to make a deep round hole in a hard surface

bore 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.

3 . [intransitive + into] if someone’s eyes bore into you, they look at you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable

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▪ dig to make a hole in the ground using your hands, a tool, or a machine:

Some workmen were digging a trench at the side of the road.


In Africa, the people know where to dig for water.

▪ make a hole to dig a hole in the ground, using your hands or a tool:

Make a hole just big enough for the plant’s roots.

▪ burrow /ˈbʌrəʊ $ ˈbɜːroʊ/ if an animal burrows, it makes a hole or a passage in the ground by digging the earth with its feet, nose etc:

The rabbits had burrowed a hole under the fence.

▪ plough British English , plow American English /plaʊ/ to turn over the soil using a machine or a tool pulled by animals, to prepare the soil for planting seeds:

The farmers here still plough their fields using buffaloes.

▪ excavate /ˈekskəveɪt/ formal to dig a large hole in the ground, especially as a preparation for building something:

The men began excavating the hole for the pool.

▪ bore to make a deep round hole in the ground using a special machine, especially in order to look for oil or water:

Companies need a special licence to bore for oil.

III. bore 3 BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ bore , ↑ boredom ; adjective : ↑ bored , ↑ boring ; verb : bore; adverb : boringly]

1 . [singular] 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] 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 . [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 shotgun

wide-/narrow-/fine- bore

a fine-bore tube

4 . [singular] a wave of water that moves quickly along a river from the sea at particular times of the year:

the Severn bore

5 . [countable] a ↑ borehole

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■ to make a hole in something

▪ make a hole in something to cause a hole to appear in something:

Make a hole in the bottom of the can using a hammer and nail.

▪ pierce to make a small hole in or through something, using a pointed object:

The dog's teeth had pierced her skin.


Shelley wanted to have her ears pierced (=for earrings) .

▪ prick to make a very small hole in the surface of something, using a pointed object:

Prick the potatoes before baking them.


My finger was bleeding where the needle had pricked it.

▪ punch to make a hole through paper or flat material using a metal tool or other sharp object:

I bought one of those things for punching holes in paper.


You have to get your ticket punched before you get on the train.

▪ puncture to make a small hole in something, especially something where skin or a wall surrounds a softer or hollow inside part:

The bullet had punctured his lung.

▪ perforate formal to make a hole or holes in something:

Fragments of the bullet had perforated his intestines.

▪ drill to make a hole using a special tool, often one which turns round and round very quickly:

The dentist started drilling a hole in my tooth.


They won a contract to drill for oil in the area.

▪ bore to make a deep round hole through a rock, into the ground etc:

They had to bore through solid rock.


The men were boring a hole for the tunnel.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.