bear down

bear down
verb
1. exert a force with a heavy weight (Freq. 1)
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The snow bore down on the roof

Hypernyms: ↑press
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

2. contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery
Syn: ↑overbear
Hypernyms: ↑compress, ↑constrict, ↑squeeze, ↑compact, ↑contract, ↑press
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

3. to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle
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he saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork

Syn: ↑charge
Derivationally related forms: ↑charger (for: ↑charge), ↑charge (for: ↑charge)
Hypernyms: ↑rush
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s

(for: ↑charge)
4. exert full strength
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The pitcher bore down

Topics: ↑baseball, ↑baseball game
Hypernyms: ↑contend, ↑fight, ↑struggle
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

5. pay special attention to
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The lectures bore down on the political background

Hypernyms: ↑stress, ↑emphasize, ↑emphasise, ↑punctuate, ↑accent, ↑accentuate
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s PP

6. exert a force or cause a strain upon
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This tax bears down on the lower middle class

Hypernyms: ↑charge, ↑saddle, ↑burden
Verb Frames:
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Something is ——ing PP

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(of a woman in labor) exert downward pressure in order to push the baby out
put pressure on someone or something

he bore down and allowed the Bears only one more run

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bear down [phrasal verb]
US : to use all of your strength and effort to do something : to try very hard to do something

The pitcher bore down and struck out the last batter.

If we're going to finish on time, we really have to bear down.

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Main Entry:bear

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