Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb bear_down_on

2 senses of bear down on

Sense 1
bear down on, bear down upon -- (sail towards another vessel, of a ship)
       => approach, near, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come near -- (move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer")

Sense 2
drag down, bear down, bear down on, press down on, weigh down -- (exert a force with a heavy weight; "The snow bore down on the roof")
       => press -- (exert pressure or force to or upon; "He pressed down on the boards"; "press your thumb on this spot")

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