\ˈbriŋ \
brought\ ˈbrȯt \; bringing\ ˈbriŋ-​iŋ \

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 : 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

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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.
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Following their victory over Japan for the trophy, the U.S. women went on to campaign for, and receive, a better contract with U.S. Soccer that brought them closer to the compensation level of their male counterparts. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Argentine women fight against inequality in soccer," 7 Nov. 2018 Connie Britton brings quiet strength to her characters and a lot of love to the table, on screen and in real life — just don't ask her to cook. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 That overlap brings the proton waves close enough so that another force — the strong nuclear force, which kicks in only at extremely small distances — can overcome the particles’ electrical repulsion. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 In the medicinal corners of alchemy, it was also known as the elixir of life, a universal cure that could bring eternal life. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 Meghan and Harry are currently on an extensive 16-day trip that will bring the couple to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Kingdom of Tonga. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Wore Princess Diana's Earrings and Bracelet on the Royal Tour," 16 Oct. 2018 In May 2013, the second of Kepler's four orientation-maintaining reaction wheels failed, bringing an end to the observatory's original mission. Mike Wall,, "NASA's Kepler Planet-Hunting Space Telescope Wakes Up Again," 13 Oct. 2018 Blame it on the beauty that brings wealthy tourists—and the lack of available land on which to build. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This affordable housing complex is a model for pricey ski towns," 11 Oct. 2018 Inside the front notch, LG has added a second camera, giving it a dual 8MP + 5MP system that brings portrait mode and wide-angle selfies. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Meet the LG V40 ThinQ: More screen, more battery, and more cameras," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners 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


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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
\ˈbriŋ \
brought\ ˈbrȯt \; bringing\ ˈbriŋ-​iŋ \

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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