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English verb: bear down

1. bear down (contact) exert a force with a heavy weight

SamplesThe snow bore down on the roof.

Synonymsbear down on, drag down, press down on, weigh down

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)press

2. bear down (contact) contract the abdominal muscles during childbirth to ease delivery


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

3. bear down (competition) to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle

SamplesHe saw Jess charging at him with a pitchfork.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)rush

4. bear down (competition) exert full strength

SamplesThe pitcher bore down.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

5. bear down (communication) pay special attention to

SamplesThe lectures bore down on the political background.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress

6. bear down (communication) exert a force or cause a strain upon

SamplesThis tax bears down on the lower middle class.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)burden, charge, saddle

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