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 for To bear against
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bear \Bear\ (b[^a]r), v. i.
     1. To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to
        barrenness.
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              This age to blossom, and the next to bear. --Dryden.
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     2. To suffer, as in carrying a burden.
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              But man is born to bear.              --Pope.
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     3. To endure with patience; to be patient.
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              I can not, can not bear.              --Dryden.
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     4. To press; -- with on or upon, or against.
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              These men bear hard on the suspected party.
                                                    --Addison.
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     5. To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring
        matters to bear.
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     6. To relate or refer; -- with on or upon; as, how does this
        bear on the question?
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     7. To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.
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              Her sentence bore that she should stand a certain
              time upon the platform.               --Hawthorne.
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     8. To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect
        to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.
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     To bear against, to approach for attack or seizure; as, a
        lion bears against his prey. [Obs.]
  
     To bear away (Naut.), to change the course of a ship, and
        make her run before the wind.
  
     To bear back, to retreat. "Bearing back from the blows of
        their sable antagonist." --Sir W. Scott.
  
     To bear down upon (Naut.), to approach from the windward
        side; as, the fleet bore down upon the enemy.
  
     To bear in with (Naut.), to run or tend toward; as, a ship
        bears in with the land.
  
     To bear off (Naut.), to steer away, as from land.
  
     To bear up.
        (a) To be supported; to have fortitude; to be firm; not to
            sink; as, to bear up under afflictions.
        (b) (Naut.) To put the helm up (or to windward) and so put
            the ship before the wind; to bear away. --Hamersly.
  
     To bear upon (Mil.), to be pointed or situated so as to
        affect; to be pointed directly against, or so as to hit
        (the object); as, to bring or plant guns so as to bear
        upon a fort or a ship; the artillery bore upon the center.
        
  
     To bear up to, to tend or move toward; as, to bear up to
        one another.
  
     To bear with, to endure; to be indulgent to; to forbear to
        resent, oppose, or punish.
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