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
2 : to weigh heavily on : burden

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Examples of bear down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Data scientists and public health experts, however, have predicted that a second wave will soon bear down, not just on New York but nationwide. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The Guardians of Elmhurst," 13 Oct. 2020 Now, Delta looks to bear down on the northern Gulf Coast in its hazardous second act later this week with the coast of central and western Louisiana in the crosshairs. Washington Post, "Hurricane Delta slams into Mexico near Cancun with Louisiana its next target late Friday," 7 Oct. 2020 Harris used her prosecutorial background to bear down on Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a 2017 hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "What to watch in Kamala Harris, Mike Pence vice presidential debate: Amy Coney Barrett, COVID-19, LGBTQ rights," 7 Oct. 2020 Hurricanes bear down on the Sunshine State and nearby states every year. oregonlive, "Wildfires are making life unbearable in Oregon, but nowhere in the U.S. is safe from Mother Nature’s wrath, now more than ever," 15 Sep. 2020 In any normal year, Labor Day weekend would have been the start of familiar cycle around Alabama’s football facility: old opponent out, new opponent in, and bear down until the final whistle of the Iron Bowl. Mike Rodak |, al, "Tide player: Longer camp gives Alabama time to re-establish standard," 8 Sep. 2020 They were often met with friendly gestures from the coast’s Native American inhabitants, who little suspected the regime of indoctrination and enslavement that would soon bear down upon them. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "A Long Walk Through the Complex History of California," 19 Aug. 2020 Public health officials stressed Tuesday that the number could be less if people across the country bear down on keeping their distance from one another. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Denver Post, "Trump says “life and death” at stake in following guidelines amid coronavirus," 1 Apr. 2020 For some cheesemakers, like Schneider, the quest to save a cheese will bear down on the minutiae of environmental terroir: the land, the biodiversity of the grazing pastures, and the microbial communities present in the raw milk. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, "How a Cheese Goes Extinct," 2 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bear down

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bear down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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\ (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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