bear on

Primary Meanings of bear on

1.
v
be relevant to
2.
v
have an effect upon
3.
v
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
4.
v
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
Full Definitions of bear on
1

v be relevant to

Synonyms:
come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on
advert, allude, touch
make a more or less disguised reference to
Types:
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center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around
center upon
apply, go for, hold
be pertinent or relevant or applicable
affect, involve, regard
connect closely and often incriminatingly
interest, matter to
be of importance or consequence
implicate
bring into intimate and incriminating connection
fascinate, intrigue
cause to be interested or curious
2

v have an effect upon

Synonyms:
affect, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
Types:
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strike a blow
affect adversely
repercuss
cause repercussions; have an unwanted effect
tell on
produce an effect or strain on somebody
redound
have an effect for good or ill
excite, stimulate
act as a stimulant
process, treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
hydrolise, hydrolize
make a compound react with water and undergo hydrolysis
color, colour, distort, tinge
affect as in thought or feeling
endanger, expose, peril, queer, scupper
put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
hit, strike
affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
subject
cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
bother, discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out, trouble
to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect
slam-dunk
make a forceful move against
propagate
cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering
bacterise, bacterize
subject to the action of bacteria
iodise, iodize
treat with iodine
nitrate
treat with nitric acid, so as to change an organic compound into a nitrate
tank
treat in a tank
aerate, oxygenate, oxygenise, oxygenize
impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen
mercerise, mercerize
treat to strengthen and improve the luster
malt
treat with malt or malt extract
fluoridate, fluoridise, fluoridize
subject to fluoridation; treat with fluoride
creosote
treat with creosote
chlorinate
treat or combine with chlorine
carbonate
treat with carbon dioxide
camphorate
treat with camphor
bromate, brominate
treat with bromine
ammoniate
treat with ammonia
irradiate, ray
expose to radiation
scald
treat with boiling water
invigorate, quicken
give life or energy to
refine
treat or prepare so as to put in a usable condition
innervate
stimulate to action
irritate
excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
nitrify, nitrogenise, nitrogenize
treat with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound
reverberate
treat, process, heat, melt, or refine in a reverberatory furnace
curry
treat by incorporating fat
seed
sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain
dose
treat with an agent; add (an agent) to
sulfur, sulphur
treat with sulphur in order to preserve
vulcanise, vulcanize
subject to vulcanization
chrome
treat with a chromium compound
bituminise, bituminize
treat with bitumen
Agenise, Agenize
age or bleach flour with Agene (nitrogen trichloride)
run
cause to perform
carboxylate
treat (a chemical compound) with carboxyl or carboxylic acid
saccharify
convert into a simple soluble fermentable sugar by hydrolyzing a sugar derivative or complex carbohydrate
beneficiate
process (ores or other raw materials), as by reduction
prejudice, prepossess
influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
compromise
expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
digest
convert food into absorbable substances
vitriol
expose to the effects of vitriol or injure with vitriol
put
cause (someone) to undergo something
shipwreck
cause to experience shipwreck
refract
subject to refraction
expose
expose or make accessible to some action or influence
expose
expose to light, of photographic film
fume, fumigate
treat with fumes, expose to fumes, especially with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests
air-condition
control the humidity and temperature of
form, imprint
establish or impress firmly in the mind
militate
have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
manipulate, pull strings, pull wires
influence or control shrewdly or deviously
color, colour
modify or bias
swing, swing over
influence decisively
blackjack, blackmail, pressure
exert pressure on someone through threats
carry, persuade, sway
win approval or support for
get at
influence by corruption
fix
influence an event or its outcome by illegal means
distress, straiten
bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
dominate
be in control
incur
make oneself subject to; bring upon oneself; become liable to
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
3

v press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action

Synonyms:
push
drive, labor, labour, push, tug
strive and make an effort to reach a goal
Types:
nudge
push into action by pestering or annoying gently
bull, bull through
push or force
Type of:
exhort, press, urge, urge on
force or impel in an indicated direction
4

v keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

Synonyms:
carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
continue, go forward, proceed
move ahead; travel onward in time or space
continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Antonyms:
cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
put an end to a state or an activity
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re-start, restart, resume
take up or begin anew
hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist
be persistent, refuse to stop
perpetuate
cause to continue or prevail
keep up, prolong, sustain
lengthen or extend in duration or space
mummify
preserve while making lifeless
obstinate
persist stubbornly
ask for it, ask for trouble
persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble
plug, plug away
persist in working hard
follow, stick to, stick with
keep to
continue, keep, keep on, retain
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
eternize
cause to continue indefinitely
Type of:
hold, keep, maintain
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

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