Definition of bring back
1 : to come back with (something or someone) What did you bring back (with you) from your vacation? Bring your roommate back with you when you come home for the holidays. You promised to bring me back a present.
2 : to cause (something or someone) to return or be returned The death penalty was done away with in this area many years ago, but some people now want it to be brought back. The movie is a fantasy about a man who is brought back (to life) from the dead. The company is doing poorly, and its former president is being brought back to help solve its problems.
3 : to cause (something or someone) to return to a condition, subject, etc. That question brings us back (again) to the fundamental problem of world peace. We gradually brought the conversation back to the subject of his unpaid bills.
4 : to cause (something) to return to someone's memory Seeing her again brought back a lot of happy memories. I had almost forgotten about the time we spent together, but seeing her again brought it all back (to me).
Word by Word Definitions
: to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded
: to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as
: the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine
: the body considered as the wearer of clothes
: capacity for labor, effort, or endurance
: to, toward, or at the rear
: in or into the past : backward in time
: being at or in the back
: distant from a central or main area
: articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth
: to support by material or moral assistance
: to assume financial responsibility for
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