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bear down

verb

Definition of BEAR DOWN

transitive verb
intransitive verb
:  to exert full strength and concentrated attention
bear down on
1
:  emphasize
2
:  to weigh heavily on :  burden

First Known Use of BEAR DOWN

14th century

bear down

intransitive verb \(ˈ)ba(ə)r-ˈdan, (ˈ)be(ə)r-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BEAR DOWN

:  to contract the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm during childbirth

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