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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Synonyms for bring up


breed, foster, nourish, nurse, raise, rear

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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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The doc brings up questions about technology, mental health, and the pressure put on teenagers in modern life. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Documentaries of 2019 That Are Already Changing Everything," 20 Mar. 2019 All three lawmakers brought up apt historical comparisons and asked Legere and his partner in the deal, Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure, to account for past contradictory statements. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—T-Mobile CEO John Legere Emerges From Capitol Hill Grilling Unscathed," 29 June 2018 Believe it or not, the holidays are already right around the corner, which is a time that will definitely bring up a lot of feelings, both good and bad. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 In the book, Margaret also talks about exploring her faith after being brought up in a home with a Christian mother and Jewish father. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret By Judy Blume Will Be Made Into a Movie," 18 Oct. 2018 At the click of a button, Grace and his team can bring up interactive floor plans of any school and see which doors are open or locked, or connect into live video and audio from any remote corner of school property. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 Many of those same proposals were brought up by today’s panelists. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Lawmakers warn ‘time is running out’ in fight against online election interference," 1 Aug. 2018 The problem is, it's felt contrived every single time it gets brought up. Mike Scott,, "'Southern Charm New Orleans' Episode 7: Or, the one in which Tamica Lee gets served," 29 May 2018 The only time it was brought up was in a New York Times profile of the spinoff show Bachelor Winter Games. Rebecca Farley,, "Fans Are Already Questioning The Politics Of This Bachelorette Suitor," 29 May 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 How to pronounce bring up (audio) \

Medical Definition of bring up

: vomit

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