bear down

bore down; borne down also born down; bearing down; bears 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

Examples of bear down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hospitalizations have climbed 526% in Michigan from 205 on June 11 to 1,284 as of Sept. 7 as the highly transmissible delta strain of the virus continues to bear down on the nation. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Executive management may bear down hard on the unvaxxed, out of fear of being turned into the regulators. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Already, the state is seeing more people sickened by the virus as the delta variant — about twice as transmissible as the alpha, or B.1.1.7 variant that hit Michigan hard in the spring — begins to bear down. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 25 Aug. 2021 As Ida continues to bear down on the coast, Entergy Louisiana said Sunday some of its customers could be without power for weeks. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Position the sharp edge on your chunk of cheese (medium-hard varieties work best), and gently bear down to carve thin, equal pieces. Megan Zhang, Bon Appétit, 6 July 2021 The death toll is rising as life-threatening heat continues to bear down on both U.S. coasts. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, 30 June 2021 But the systems of this world are bewilderingly open, tangled across oceans and continents and nation-states, and so the cumulative carbon footprint of every country on the planet is coming to bear down on small islands. New York Times, 23 June 2021 Skateboarders bear down on pedestrians at high speed. Robert Chapeskie, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of bear down

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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8 Oct 2021

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bear down

intransitive verb
\ (ˈ)ba(ə)r-ˈdau̇n, (ˈ)be(ə)r- How to pronounce bear down (audio) \

Medical Definition of bear down

: to contract the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm during childbirth


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