bear down

verb
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

Examples of bear down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a rusher bearing down on him, Stafford flipped a pass to Thomas in the back of the end zone. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "I still hate Detroit Lions' final call vs. Raiders. But here's why I understand it," 6 Nov. 2019 The 11-horse field thundered out of the final turn, with favorite McKinzie in the lead and Vino Rosso bearing down on him. Washington Post, "Tragedy strikes Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita despite reform," 4 Nov. 2019 There’s a good deal of padding around the band, which is meant to disperse the weight across your whole skull as opposed to bearing down on one pressure point at the crown of your head. Wired, "New Beats Solo Pro Headphones Add On-Ear Noise Canceling," 15 Oct. 2019 The artist mumbled an apology, sweetly asked about my cat, but continued with his body bearing down on me. Katie Smith, Allure, "How Stick and Poke Tattoo Artist Kelli Kikcio Provides a Space of Healing for Her Clients," 10 Oct. 2019 The Jaguars went on a 75-yard, 16-play opening drive that ate up nearly 10½ minutes, which Minshew capped with a 7-yard TD toss to running back Ryquell Armstead after slipping two potential sacks and with Derek Wolfe and Miller bearing down on him. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fournette leads Jags’ 26-24 comeback over Broncos," 29 Sep. 2019 On the game’s opening possession, Martinez dropped back on his first third-down attempt and, with Chase Young bearing down, lobbed a pass over the middle that Jeff Okudah picked off at midfield. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Justin Fields wins Big Ten quarterback showdown," 29 Sep. 2019 With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the coast of the Carolinas, some animal lovers have wondered what wild horses do during a major storm. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Outer Banks wild horses will weather Hurricane Dorian with 'butts to the wind'," 6 Sep. 2019 The troops are forced to set out—their hostage in tow—through the jungle to find a new base, and the pressure of the situation bears down on their sense of collectivism. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Monos” paints a surreal and disturbing portrait of child guerrillas," 16 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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The first known use of bear down was in the 14th century

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15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bear down.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bears%20down%20on. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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