bear down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theybear down
he/she/itbears down
present participlebearing down
past tensebore down
past participleborne down
  1. 1
    to move quickly towards someone in a determined and threatening way
    bear down on:

    I could see a police car bearing down on us.

  2. 2
    to push or press downwards

    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.

See also main entry: bear