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  • v. To influence, have an effect on.
  • v. To be relevant to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
  • v. be relevant to
  • v. have an effect upon
  • v. press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action


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  • In the foregoing words of Emerson, there is brought to bear on dreams an energic conception of mind-action similar to that which Hobbes had developed in his Leviathan in 1651.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Even so, analogy provided an important, indeed in some cases the only, means of bringing empirical evidence to bear on obscure or intractable problems, especially in such fields as as - tronomy and meteorology, embryology and pathology, where direct experimentation was generally out of the question.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • I knew well that great pressure was constantly brought to bear on the Director and Chief Inspector of Naval Ordnance to accept designs and munitions which were not up to the standard of efficiency required for the Navy.

    Castles of Steel

  • Mrs. Marton hopes the case can be fully aired in the Western press as the last possible means of bringing pressure to bear on the government.

    Enemies of the People

  • Ginger, bleeding badly, tracked the gun right through the glowworm incandescence of the Eotech sight and brought the gun right to bear on what of Bob he could see or sense, even while rising to his feet.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Munro's statement,25 that with parrots the iris is affected by the passions, independently of the amount of light, seems to bear on this question; but Professor Donders informs me, that he has often seen movements in the pupils of these birds which he thinks may be related to their power of accommodation to distance, in nearly the same manner as our own pupils contract when our eyes converge for near vision.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • Every possible force and stress and every possible flight condition was brought to bear on the pilots as they whirled dizzily at the end of the fifty-foot-long arm.

    First Man

  • Jellicoe wanted them stationed as far north as possible in order to bring thirty-two additional heavy guns to bear on the High Seas Fleet when Ingenohl came out to fight; the Admiralty wanted to keep them farther south to help defend the east coast from raids or invasion.

    Castles of Steel

  • At 2: 30 p.m., the U-boat surfaced a few hundred yards directly astern of the Q-ship, where no gun could bear on her.

    Castles of Steel

  • A single effort of repression brought to bear on the lacrymal glands does little, and indeed seems often to lead to an opposite result.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals


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