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verb \ˈbriŋ\

Simple Definition of bring

  • : to come with (something or someone) to a place

  • : to cause (something or someone) to come

  • : to cause (something) to exist, happen, or start

Full Definition of bring

brought play \ˈbrȯt\ bring·ing play \ˈbriŋ-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded b :  to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: as (1) :  attract <her screams brought the neighbors> (2) :  persuade, induce (3) :  force, compel (4) :  to cause to come into a particular state or condition <bring water to a boil> c dial :  escort, accompany d :  to bear as an attribute or characteristic <brings years of experience to the position>

  3. 2 :  to cause to exist or occur: as a :  to be the occasion of <winter brings snow> b :  to result in <the drug brought immediate relief> c :  institute <bring legal action> d :  adduce <bring an argument>

  4. 3 :  prefer <bring charges>

  5. 4 :  to procure in exchange :  sell for

  6. intransitive verb
  7. chiefly Midland :  yield, produce

bring·er noun
bring forth
  1. 1 :  bear <brought forth fruit>

  2. 2 :  to give birth to :  produce

  3. 3 :  adduce <bring forth persuasive arguments>

bring forward
  1. 1 :  to produce to view :  introduce <brought new evidence forward>

  2. 2 :  to carry (a total) forward

bring home
  1. :  to make unmistakably clear

bring to account
  1. 1 :  to bring to book

  2. 2 :  reprimand

bring to bear
  1. :  to use with effect <bring pressure to bear>

bring to book
  1. :  to compel to give an account

bring to light
bring to mind
  1. :  recall

bring to terms
  1. :  to compel to agree, assent, or submit

bring up the rear
  1. :  to come last or behind

Examples of bring

  1. Should I send you a check? Why not just bring me the money when you come?

  2. Have you brought the money with you from the bank?

  3. She brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents.

  4. Love of adventure brought her here before taking her to many other places.

  5. This radio station brings you all the news as it happens.

  6. Can anything bring peace to this troubled region?

  7. Having a baby has brought great happiness into her life.

Origin of bring

Middle English, from Old English bringan; akin to Old High German bringan to bring, Welsh hebrwng to accompany

First Known Use: before 12th century

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