bring to

verb

brought to; bringing to; brings to

transitive verb

1
: to cause (a boat) to lie to or come to a standstill
2
: to restore to consciousness : revive

Word History

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bring to was in 1720

Cite this Entry

“Bring to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bring%20to. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

bring to

verb
: to bring back from unconsciousness : revive

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