bring

verb
\ ˈbriŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \
brought\ ˈbrȯt How to pronounce brought (audio) \; bringing\ ˈbriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce bringing (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 : 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Her next goal is to bring an International Series game to Italy. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "It’s the Heart of the NFL Offseason, and Anthony Lynn Is Making the Most of It," 8 July 2019 High pressure will be overhead Connecticut on Monday bringing sunshine and some fair-weather clouds. courant.com, "Weather for Monday, July 8," 8 July 2019 The San Diego division of the California Court of Appeal recently addressed this question in reversing summary dismissal of a case brought by former Riverside County deputy district attorney Christopher Ross. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must a whistleblower identify law he complains was broken?," 8 July 2019 The new charges were brought by the public corruption unit within the U.S. attorney's office in New York. Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, "Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with molesting dozens of girls," 8 July 2019 The new charges were brought by the public corruption unit within the U.S. attorney's office in New York, which normally handles cases against politicians. orlandosentinel.com, "New sex charges filed against Jeffrey Epstein as nude photos allegedly found," 8 July 2019 The best way to determine if your home has hard water is to bring a water sample to a water-testing laboratory. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 To arrive at that destination, Brand’s first step was to bring back Harris on a five-year, $180 million contract. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "76ers emerge from inventive free agency as true contenders," 3 July 2019 And the claims against him were brought by SEALs who resented his leadership and were acting out of a vendetta against him. David French, National Review, "Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Acquittal Reminds Us to Never Rush to Judgment," 3 July 2019

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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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The first known use of bring was before the 12th century

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bring

verb

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

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