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.
Recent Examples on the Web But these exercises in tectonic time travel bring up something strange: Around 67 million years ago, the Indian microcontinent — which ultimately headed north and collided with Eurasia to make the Himalayas — really picked up speed. Quanta Magazine, "The New Historian of the Smash That Made the Himalayas," 14 Apr. 2021 Graduates can bring up to two guests each, and the center's occupancy, normally 6,000, will be capped at 2,000. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Livestream, virtual, hybrid, even drive-thru: Wisconsin universities come up with numerous ways to conduct graduation," 22 Apr. 2021 Because of the doubleheader, the Tigers can bring up a 27th player to the active roster from the alternate site in Toledo. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park postponed due to weather," 20 Apr. 2021 The penalties, which took effect in March, can bring up to five years of jail for those who do not obey a government order to register as foreign agents, or fail to submit regular detailed reports of all plans, activities and finances. Washington Post, "Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ law now threatens rights group that survived even Soviet pressures," 3 Apr. 2021 Civil rights violations by individuals acting in an official capacity, like police officers, can bring up to a life sentence in prison upon conviction, according to the Justice Department. Dylan Lovan, The Courier-Journal, "Federal look into Breonna Taylor’s death casts a wider net," 12 Mar. 2021 Civil rights violations by individuals acting in an official capacity, like police officers, can bring up to a life sentence in prison upon conviction, according to the Justice Department. Dylan Lovan, The Christian Science Monitor, "A year later, DOJ is still reviewing Breonna Taylor's murder," 12 Mar. 2021 Simply baking a cake in a gas stove can bring up that level to 230 parts per billion, according to a 2020 report by RMI. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Gas stoves are bad for the environment—but what if the power goes out?," 5 Mar. 2021 Each player can bring up to four guests, examples of which include family members, longtime close friends, agents and child-care providers. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "NBA says strict protocols will be in place for All-Stars," 15 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of bring up

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

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The first known use of bring up was in the 14th century

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7 May 2021

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“Bring up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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bring up

transitive verb
\ (ˈ)briŋ-ˈəp How to pronounce bring up (audio) \

Medical Definition of bring up

: vomit

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