Definitions for bear down

Definitions for (verb) bear down

Main entry: bear down

Definition: exert a force or cause a strain upon

Usage: This tax bears down on the lower middle class

Main entry: bear down

Definition: pay special attention to

Usage: The lectures bore down on the political background

Main entry: bear down

Definition: exert full strength

Usage: The pitcher bore down

Main entry: bear down, charge

Definition: to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle

Usage: he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork

Main entry: overbear, bear down

Definition: contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery

Main entry: bear down, bear down on, weigh down, drag down, press down on

Definition: exert a force with a heavy weight

Usage: The snow bore down on the roof

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