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English verb: bear down on

1. bear down on (motion) sail towards another vessel, of a ship

Synonymsbear down upon

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)approach, come near, come on, draw close, draw near, go up, near


Domain categorynavigation, pilotage, piloting

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

SamplesThe snow bore down on the roof.

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

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)press

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