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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Hurricane Maria bore down on the Caribbean weeks later. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "From Hurricane Irma to Parkland, was this the most stressful school year?," 7 June 2018 Jose Altuve beared down and Odor's foot missed second base. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros squander opportunities against Rangers in first loss of season," 30 Mar. 2018 On a recent chilly morning, with a snowstorm bearing down, Aria Overli, went door to door through a motel just off the downtown strip. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders," 20 Mar. 2018 Amid a losing streak, the Red Wings are bearing down and fighting. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings 'super frustrated' but keep fighting as losses mount," 17 Mar. 2018 Now Soler bears down on his back foot more, taking his stance a bit off-center to see the pitch on a level that’s more even with his gaze. Maria Torres, kansascity, "‘Everything came crashing down’ for Royals’ Jorge Soler in 2017. Here’s what he did next," 4 Feb. 2018 But rivals like Walmart were bearing down, shopping patterns were changing and Sears started making a series of wrong bets. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "How Sears Lost the American Shopper," 15 Mar. 2019 With a snowstorm ominously described as a bomb cyclone bearing down on the New York area, the Port Authority started warning about airport disruption and flight cancellations on Wednesday afternoon. Michael Wilson And Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "At J.F.K. Airport, the Planes Just Wouldn’t Stop Coming," 8 Jan. 2018 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

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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- 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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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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