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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybear down
he/she/itbears down
present participlebearing down
past tensebore down
past participleborne down
  1. 1
    American to try very hard

    We need to bear down if we want to make this work.

  2. 2
    to move quickly toward someone in a determined and threatening way
    bear down on:

    I could see a police car bearing down on us.

  3. 3
    to push or press downward

    It's a natural instinct for a woman giving birth to bear down.

    bear down on:

    The structure is positioned to bear down on its supports.

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