bear down

verb

Definition of bear down

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  overcome, overwhelm

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to exert full strength and concentrated attention

bear down on

  1. 1 :  emphasize

  2. 2 :  to weigh heavily on :  burden

First Known Use of bear down

14th century


Medical Dictionary

bear down

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

Medical Definition of bear down

  1. :  to contract the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm during childbirth


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