Definitions

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  • v. To bear, bring or carry down.
  • v. To bear or press down (on); press upon; depress; subdue.
  • v. To lessen; reduce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bear down; to depress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bear down; depress.

Etymologies

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From Middle English dounberen, equivalent to down- +‎ bear.

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