Bear down - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˈber ˈdaʊn|
Brit.  |beə daʊn|


- exert a force with a heavy weight
- contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery (syn: overbear)
- to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle (syn: charge)
- exert full strength
- pay special attention to
- exert a force or cause a strain upon


His determined efforts at last bore down all opposition.

The driver bore down with all his strength to control the car when the wheel stuck.

The nurse will tell you when to bear down.

With the wind blowing strongly behind, the little boat bore down (up)on the harbour.

The responsibility for his family bears down (up)on a young man.

The courts must bear down (up)on young criminals.

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