(third-person singular simple present bears down, present participle bearing down, simple past bore down, past participle borne down)
- Used other than as an idiom: see bear, down.
- (nautical) To approach from windward.
- To push (someone) to the ground; to defeat, overcome. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To intensify one's efforts.
- It's 9:41, 58 degrees, and I'm flunking out. Time to bear down.
- (intransitive, with on) To approach in a determined manner.
- (intransitive) To exert downward pressure on one's abdomen, as in giving birth, forcing out feces, and some similar bodily maneuvers.