Definition of bear on in US English:

bear on

phrasal verb

  • 1Be relevant to (something)

    ‘two kinds of theories that bear on literary studies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Taranto's column also bears on our report from Thomas Lipscomb immediately below regarding the masks of John Kerry.’
    • ‘In this paper I want to take up certain Hindu formulations of the rasa theory which bear on aesthetic experiences, for several reasons.’
    • ‘The representing homomorphisms allow the scientist to bring the powerful resources of set theory to bear on the surrogates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This study also bears on the nature and importance of changes in the configurational entropy on binding.’
    • ‘Both look at how extra economic factors have a bearing on labour relations.’
    • ‘Third, our results bear on current approaches and findings in the network literature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A direct consequence of this theory of embryological origin bears on the question of species transformism.’
    • ‘Here again the literary dimensions of the dialogue are presented as bearing on its philosophical content.’
    • ‘Does this have any bearing on the relationship between Informatica and Composite?’
    • ‘Here we review the animal and human studies that bear on this complex, yet common, clinical conundrum.’
    • ‘In this paper, we reviewed the extant literature that appears to bear on this point.’
    • ‘Voltinism bears on the hypothesis, especially in regard to T2 species, in two respects.’
    • ‘Several literatures bear on the relationship between gender and New Age beliefs and practices.’
    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 (someone)
      ‘a tax that will bear heavily on poorer households’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’