bring to bear



bring to bear (third-person singular simple present brings to bear, present participle bringing to bear, simple past and past participle brought to bear)

  1. (transitive) To aim a weapon at a target.
    The battleship brought her main guns to bear on the fort.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To apply; to employ something to achieve an intended effect.
    Every possible pressure was brought to bear on the minister to ensure the unjust law was not passed.


Last modified on 18 December 2013, at 23:02