bring up

brought up; bringing up; brings up

Definition of bring up

transitive verb

1 : to bring (a person) to maturity through nurturing care and education
2 : to cause to stop suddenly
3a : to bring to attention : introduce
b computers : to cause (something, such as a file or picture) to appear on a computer screen … you can make any picture that it displays into wallpaper by right-clicking with the arrow over the art to bring up a box with a "Set as wallpaper" choice.— Barry Popik
4 : vomit

intransitive verb

: to stop suddenly

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Examples of bring up in a Sentence

it takes an immense commitment and a lot of love to bring up a child properly I hate to bring this up, but we're running short of money.
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First Known Use of bring up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 Aug 2022

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bring up

transitive verb
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Medical Definition of bring up

: vomit

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