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bear on

Meaning: to have relevance to, or influence on, something

For example:

  • bear on sth The judge wouldn't allow the evidence because he said that it didn't bear on the case.

  • bear on sth If you're applying for a job, don't forget that grooming and appearance will definitely bear on the final result.

Nouns often used as objects with
bear on: case, issue, result, outcome, decision, verdict

Note: also "bear upon"

Quick Quiz:

One of the things that strongly bears on the result of any sporting event is each contestant's
  1. confidence level
  2. political beliefs
  3. hair colour

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