Meaning of “bear down” in the English Dictionary

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(Definition of “bear down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bear down" in American English

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bear down

phrasal verb with bear us /beər/ verb past tense bore /bɔr, boʊr/ , past participle borne /bɔrn, boʊrn/

to put more effort into doing something:

I knew I had to bear down hard in order to hit the ball.

(Definition of “bear down” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)