bear down

Definitions of bear down
1

v 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
Type of:
press
exert pressure or force to or upon

v exert a force or cause a strain upon

“This tax bears down on the lower middle class”
Type of:
burden, charge, saddle
impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

v contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery

Synonyms:
overbear
Type of:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
squeeze or press together

v exert full strength

“The pitcher bore down
Type of:
contend, fight, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

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

Synonyms:
charge
Type of:
rush
attack suddenly

v pay special attention to

“The lectures bore down on the political background”
Type of:
accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress
to stress, single out as important

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