bear down


Definition of bear down 

intransitive verb

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

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There are a few complicating factors in that for the Orioles, who have several teams bearing down on their relievers right now, including the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians, among others. Jon Meoli,, "It's already July. Where do the Orioles stand on the trade market for their departing stars?," 2 July 2018 Rosé has not just jumped the shark, it's jumped the whale next to the shark and the cruise ship bearing down on the whale. Patrick Comiskey,, "What's wrong with rosé wines, and why you should never pay more than $25 for a bottle," 19 Apr. 2018 With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, Tesla has temporarily given some customers extended battery range using a software update, Electrek reports. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "With Florence bearing down, Tesla remotely extends some cars’ batteries," 12 Sep. 2018 With hurricanes bearing down on the east coast and gulf states, and tornadoes and floods pummeling the south and midwest, people have power outages on their minds. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Home Generator 101: How to Power on When the Power Goes Out," 10 Sep. 2018 The ad closed with the silhouette of a man on a grassy slope, staring the bear down. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Why have post-Soviet countries embraced populism and nostalgia?," 3 May 2018 The people of the Florida panhandle are facing similar peril today as Hurricane Michael bears down on them as a Category 4 storm. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "What To Take With You on a Disaster Relief Trip," 11 Oct. 2018 Tesla did the same thing last year as Hurricane Irma was bearing down on the coast of Florida. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "With Florence bearing down, Tesla remotely extends some cars’ batteries," 12 Sep. 2018 With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas’ coastline, conferences and schools are monitoring the strengthening storm’s progress and exploring contingencies for games this week. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Florence could impact games in Carolinas, Virginia," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bear down

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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bear down

intransitive verb
\ (ˈ)ba(ə)r-ˈdau̇n, (ˈ)be(ə)r- \

Medical Definition of bear down 

: to contract the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm during childbirth

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