1. display all the usual characteristics of someone/something
bears all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack
A 'hallmark' (noun) is a typical feature of something, so to 'bear the hallmark' of something means to have evidence of typical characteristics or features of something: "This bears all the hallmarks of a painting from the Renaissance period." This is a term you will hear more in academic circles or formal situations. Similar in meaning to 'bear the mark of' or 'has the features of.' 'Bear' is an irregular verb meaning to wear or display a. visible mark or feature, and the past tense is 'bore'.