Bear on - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˈber ɑːn|
Brit.  |beər ɒn|


- be relevant to (syn: concern, pertain, refer, relate, touch)
- have an effect upon (syn: affect, impact, touch)
- press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action (syn: push)
- keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last (syn: continue, preserve, uphold)


The full force of the law was brought to bear on anyone who criticized the government.

The 1990s brought increased economic pressure to bear on all business activities.

Unions can bring pressure to bear on governments.

How does your story bear on this case?

the public brought pressure to bear on the government

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