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

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Jimenez bore down, striking Mancini out swinging on breaking balls. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers still chasing No. 1 draft pick after Tyler Alexander's gem," 16 Sep. 2019 The deadly storm bore down on the Bahamas over the weekend with sustained winds of 185 mph. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Dorian Drives Home Warnings of Climate Influence on Hurricanes," 3 Sep. 2019 As Hurricane Dorian bore down on the Bahamas, a pocket of New Bedford transplants on Florida’s eastern shore wondered what was ahead for them. Lucas Phillips,, "Florida transplants from New Bedford await Dorian," 1 Sep. 2019 The Category 4 storm was bearing down on the Bahamas Saturday morning and slated to approach Florida around Wednesday. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "Texas sends emergency task force to Florida as it prepares for Hurricane Dorian," 31 Aug. 2019 Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on northeast Florida, and is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm as early as Monday. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Florida State-Boise State game moved to Tallahassee due to Hurricane Dorian," 29 Aug. 2019 Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson bears down, heavily, on Scar and the hyenas in his adaptation. Michael Phillips,, "‘The Lion King’ review: I cannot feel the love tonight," 10 July 2019 The burning ache in my lower back gradually bore down into my thighs. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 Mandatory evacuations are in place for parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as Hurricane Dorian bears down the Bahamas before turning to the U.S. east coast. Leada Gore |, al, "Hurricane Dorian: Mandatory evacuations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina; what we know today," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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