bring

verb
\ ˈbriŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \
brought\ ˈbrȯt How to pronounce bring (audio) \; bringing\ ˈbriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \

Definition of bring

transitive verb

1a : to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded brought a bottle of wine to the party
b : to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as
(1) : attract her screams brought the neighbors
(2) : persuade, induce try to bring them to his way of thinking
(3) : force, compel was brought before a judge
(4) : to cause to come into a particular state or condition bring water to a boil
c dialect : escort, accompany May I bring you home?
d : to bear as an attribute or characteristic brings years of experience to the position
2 : to cause to exist or occur: such as
a : to be the occasion of winter brings snow
b : to result in the drug brought immediate relief brought tears to her eyes
c : institute bring legal action
d : adduce bring an argument
3 : prefer whether to bring legal charges against him
4 : to procure in exchange : sell for should bring a high price at auction

intransitive verb

chiefly Midland US : yield, produce
bring forth
1 : bear brought forth fruit
2 : to give birth to : produce
3 : adduce bring forth persuasive arguments
bring forward
1 : to produce to view : introduce brought new evidence forward
2 : to carry (a total) forward
bring home
: to make unmistakably clear brought home the importance of exercise
bring to account
1 : to bring to book must be brought to account for her mistakes
2 : reprimand
bring to bear
: to use with effect bring pressure to bear
bring to book
: to compel to give an account
bring to light
: disclose, reveal bring new facts to light
bring to mind
: recall These events bring to mind another time in history.
bring to terms
: to compel to agree, assent, or submit
bring up the rear
: to come last or behind

Other Words from bring

bringer noun

Examples of bring in a Sentence

“Should I send you a check?” “Why not just bring me the money when you come?” Have you brought the money with you from the bank? She brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents. Love of adventure brought her here before taking her to many other places. This radio station brings you all the news as it happens. Can anything bring peace to this troubled region? Having a baby has brought great happiness into her life. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Another big weekend in T-Mobile Arena, this festival — in its 12th year — continues to bring together the biggest names in music. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 May 2022 The new facility is intended to bring neurological caregivers and services together in a single place to facilitate collaboration. Steven Litt, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Both women share an inherent belief that cooking helps connect people with their heritage and has the power to bring family and friends closer together. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 May 2022 On Thursday, William visited Edinburgh's Heart of Midlothian Football Club to support the mental health program, The Changing Room, which uses soccer as an opportunity to bring men together to tackle mental health and emotional wellbeing. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2022 Neville, who led the project, said the organization works with governments trying to bring together public health and climate-change adaptation agendas. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 But what's been lost is Elvis' capacity to unite and bring things together. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 12 May 2022 The association also sponsors social events to help bring neighbors together. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 This event is being held in conjunction with the Critics Awards for Arab Films ceremony, created by the Arab Cinema Center to bring together critics from all over the world to select the best Arab films. Tim Gray, Variety, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for bring

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

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18 May 2022

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More Definitions for bring

bring

verb
\ ˈbriŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \
brought\ ˈbrȯt \; bringing

Kids Definition of bring

1 : to cause to come by carrying or leading : take along Students were told to bring lunches. Bring all your friends!
2 : to cause to reach a certain state or take a certain action Bring the water to a boil. I couldn't bring myself to say it.
3 : to cause to arrive or exist Their cries brought help. The storm brought snow and ice.
4 : to sell for The house brought a high price.
bring about
: to cause to happen
bring back
: to cause to return to a person's memory Seeing him brought it all back to me.
bring forth
: to cause to happen or exist : produce Her statement brought forth protest.
bring on
: to cause to happen to You've brought these problems on yourself.
bring out
1 : to produce and make available The manufacturer brought out a new model.
2 : to cause to appear His friends bring out the best in him.
bring to
: to bring back from unconsciousness : revive
bring up
1 : to bring to maturity through care and education bring up a child
2 : to mention when talking bring up a subject

Other Words from bring

bringer noun

bring

transitive verb
\ ˈbriŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \
brought\ ˈbrȯt How to pronounce bring (audio) \; bringing\ ˈbriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \

Legal Definition of bring

: to begin or commence (a legal proceeding) through proper legal procedure: as
a : to put (as a lawsuit) before a court
b : to formally assert (as a charge or indictment) brought charges against him

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