bear down

Definitions of bear down
  1. verb
    exert a force with a heavy weight
    “The snow bore down on the roof”
    synonyms: bear down on, drag down, press down on, weigh down
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    type of:
    exert pressure or force to or upon
  2. verb
    exert a force or cause a strain upon
    “This tax bears down on the lower middle class”
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    type of:
    burden, charge, saddle
    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
  3. verb
    contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
    synonyms: overbear
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    type of:
    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
    squeeze or press together
  4. verb
    exert full strength
    “The pitcher bore down
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    type of:
    contend, fight, struggle
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
  5. verb
    to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
    synonyms: charge
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    type of:
    attack suddenly
  6. verb
    pay special attention to
    “The lectures bore down on the political background”
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    type of:
    accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress
    to stress, single out as important
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