Definition of bear on in English:

bear on

phrasal verb

  • 1Be relevant to (something)

    ‘two kinds of theories which bear on literary studies’
    • ‘She brings the historian's craft to bear on the study of the epidemic raging at that time, and her account is both enthralling and meticulous.’
    • ‘Hendrickson skillfully incorporates relevant readings that bear on whether or not WPR requirements were met.’
    • ‘This study has absolutely no bearing on the relative therapeutic potency of butterbur and cetirizine in hay fever.’
    • ‘Both look at how extra economic factors have a bearing on labour relations.’
    • ‘Taranto's column also bears on our report from Thomas Lipscomb immediately below regarding the masks of John Kerry.’
    • ‘Does this have any bearing on the relationship between Informatica and Composite?’
    • ‘This study also bears on the nature and importance of changes in the configurational entropy on binding.’
    • ‘In this paper I want to take up certain Hindu formulations of the rasa theory which bear on aesthetic experiences, for several reasons.’
    • ‘Voltinism bears on the hypothesis, especially in regard to T2 species, in two respects.’
    • ‘So much for the outline of the theory as it bears on our present interests.’
    • ‘The science that studies it will bear on a certain kind of being, immovable substance, immaterial being, not on being as being.’
    • ‘Third, our results bear on current approaches and findings in the network literature.’
    • ‘Here again the literary dimensions of the dialogue are presented as bearing on its philosophical content.’
    • ‘In this paper, we reviewed the extant literature that appears to bear on this point.’
    • ‘Several literatures bear on the relationship between gender and New Age beliefs and practices.’
    • ‘A direct consequence of this theory of embryological origin bears on the question of species transformism.’
    • ‘One of the most valuable aspects of his work is that it brings English thinking to bear on the art and theory of Continental European modernism.’
    • ‘Here we review the animal and human studies that bear on this complex, yet common, clinical conundrum.’
    • ‘The representing homomorphisms allow the scientist to bring the powerful resources of set theory to bear on the surrogates.’
    • ‘Walker's method of attending closely to cultural contexts and bringing questions of gender to bear on the study of violent crimes yields some striking results.’
    be relevant to, appertain to, pertain to, relate to, have a bearing on, have relevance to, apply to, be pertinent to, have reference to, concern, be concerned with, have to do with, be connected with
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    1. 1.1with adverbial Be a burden on.
      ‘the extension of VAT to domestic fuel will bear hard on the low-paid’
      • ‘Immigrant children and youth are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, and so their prospects bear heavily on the well-being of the country.’
      • ‘In fruits and vegetables, the stimulation of ethylene production by cuts or bruises may be very large and bear considerably on storage effectiveness.’
      • ‘The turns and toils of life bear heavy on the soul of man.’
      • ‘These menu costs will bear heavily on small-medium sized enterprises.’
      • ‘These last are the levies which bear most heavily on the poor, who pay no income tax.’