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English definition of “bear down”

bear down

phrasal verb with bear    /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.
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