I was about to type "please bare with me" into an email, but as I was about to type "bare", I realized that I wasn't sure which [Bare/Bear] was the correct usage of the phrase.

Doing my own research into it, there are entire blogs dedicated to the history of the phrase, but each with only one particular spelling, not mentioning the other, and each offering possible origins based on the single spelling they chose.

Most of these seem strictly opinion, leading to my question; Is there an official answer to this, as in a source to reference it against?

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a simple typing of the phrase, spelt either way, "Bare with me" into google search engine would have given you each defined correctly, each word used in a sentence, and why it would not be the other. to my understanding and what was read the correct spelling would be Bear. Exact quote: "Bear with me," the standard expression, is a request for forebearance or patience; "Bare with me," would be an invitation to undress. (www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/bare.html ).
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It should be "bear with me"

Bare with me would be an invitation to undress as mentioned here: http://ielts.studyhorror.com/questions/bear-with-me-bare-with-me/48
WOW, thanks for asking this, I questioned myself today on a sentence in a school assignment for of all classes, Composition LOL Thx this helped!!

BARE - means to be naked or without...If you need someone to bear with you that is 'bear' - like the animal, but its a VERB!!!
Anonymousit's bare NOT bear.. a bear is an animal
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By saying that it is "bare" you are said that it is naked or unconcealed. "Bear" as a noun is an animal. "Bear" as a verb (to bear) is not an animal. The definition of the verb is to endure or tolerate.
Not just an animal.
ROFLLL Emotion: big smile (no seriously tears sprung to my eyes when i read that) Emotion: big smile
Feebs11 bare • verb uncover and reveal. bear1 • verb (past bore; past part. borne) 5 manage to tolerate; endure: I can’t bear it. 6 (cannot bear) strongly dislike. 7 give birth to (a child). 8 (of a tree or plant) produce (fruit or flowers). 9 turn and proceed in a specified direction: bear left.— PHRASE bear with be patient or tolerant with.OED
bare - archaic past of bear

With that being said I think both can be used. That's from Mr. Webster (Merriam-Webster) himself. Emotion: smile It was the last definition of bare past all the ones about getting naked. /)-(\
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I believe you'll find the origins are nautical - Ships have bearings (heading/direction of travel). When boats bear together, they head in the same direction.

I've always taken "bear with me" to mean "stay with me" / "follow me"

in any case it's definitely "bear" not "bare"
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