Synonyms for bearing down

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Presently we were bearing down on the first one, looking for the way to pass it.

That meant that the Fuor d'Italia was bearing down upon them.

Footsteps, bounding with life, with strength, were bearing down upon him.

The allied fleet was now formed in line and bearing down on the Norwegians.

If the bearing down is present with burning in the parts, Bell.

In a flash he was up, cutting off the power and bearing down on the emergency-brake.

In the distance a fleet of canoes is sighted, bearing down on the steamers.

There were audible indications that the German destroyer was bearing down.

His eyes blinded again, for it was as if she were bearing down upon him.

Spectres they seemed, bearing down suddenly from the unknown.


Old English beran "to bear, bring; bring forth, produce; to endure, sustain; to wear" (class IV strong verb; past tense bær, past participle boren), from Proto-Germanic *beranan (cf. Old Saxon beran, Old Frisian bera, Old High German beran, German gebären, Old Norse bera, Gothic bairan "to carry, bear, give birth to"), from PIE root *bher- (1) meaning both "give birth" (though only English and German strongly retain this sense, and Russian has beremennaya "pregnant") and "carry a burden, bring" (see infer).

Ball bearings "bear" the friction. Many senses are from notion of "move onward by pressure." Old English past tense bær became Middle English bare; alternative bore began to appear c.1400, but bare remained the literary form till after 1600. Past participle distinction of borne for "carried" and born for "given birth" is from late 18c. To bear (something) in mind is from 1530s.