bear down

verb
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of bear down

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

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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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