bring 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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When the Orioles' woeful defense was brought up before Thursday's makeup game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Orioles manager Buck Showalter lamented the amount of players playing out of their ideal positions. Jon Meoli,, "Try as they might, Orioles can't use out-of-position players as reason for league's worst defense," 12 July 2018 Their flood insurance requires that if more than half of the structure is damaged, the entire home must be brought up to current building codes. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 When the freeze was brought up for the 2018 budget year, the Board of Commissioners vetoed the measure and the council lacked the votes for an override. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Council creates two-week hold on filling vacancies," 10 July 2018 But Orf was eligible to be recalled because of the Braun injury, and the Brewers decided to send out Wilkerson to bring up a fresh arm in Burnes. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers make eight moves, including Braun, Pina to DL, call-ups of Nottingham, Burnes, Orf," 8 July 2018 But its implementation has been about as smooth as bringing up the 2014 World Cup semifinal to a Brazilian. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup Has Adopted Instant Replay. On Further Review, That’s a Bad Idea," 14 June 2018 Each child was brought up to the large, aquarium-type container where the penguin walked around, looking shyly out at the crowd. Linda Gandee/special To,, "North Ridgeville children flock to touch a penguin," 22 Apr. 2018 Microsoft is also improving search within the Xbox One dashboard, with the ability to press the Y button anywhere to bring up a search interface for apps, games, settings, and more. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Xbox One’s July update includes a clever new FastStart feature for game downloads," 5 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter But several Lebanese NGOs think bringing up the bodies will provide closure to the families of the missing. The Economist, "NGOs in Lebanon want to dig up mass graves from the civil war," 5 July 2018

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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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bring up

transitive verb
\(ˈ)briŋ-ˈəp \

Medical Definition of bring up 

: vomit

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