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Definition 1: exert a force or cause a strain upon - [verb of communication]

Samples where bear down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This tax bears down on the lower middle class

(bear down is a kind of ...) impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

"He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"

Definition 2: pay special attention to - [verb of communication]

Samples where bear down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The lectures bore down on the political background

(bear down is a kind of ...) to stress, single out as important

"Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

Definition 3: exert full strength - [verb of competition]

Samples where bear down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The pitcher bore down

(bear down is a kind of ...) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting" "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

(bear down belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 4: to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle - [verb of competition]

Samples where bear down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork

Synonyms for bear down in the sense of this definition

(bear down is a kind of ...) attack suddenly

Definition 5: exert a force with a heavy weight - [verb of contact]

Samples where bear down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The snow bore down on the roof

Synonyms for bear down in the sense of this definition

(bear down is a kind of ...) exert pressure or force to or upon

"He pressed down on the boards" "press your thumb on this spot"

Definition 6: contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for bear down in the sense of this definition

(bear down is a kind of ...) squeeze or press together

"she compressed her lips" "the spasm contracted the muscle"

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