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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Epstein’s lawyers argued in court Monday that the new charges would involve allegations that were brought up in the Florida case. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's What to Know About the Sex Trafficking Case Against Jeffrey Epstein," 8 July 2019 In the top half of the inning, the Orioles got two in scoring position to bring up Davis as the tying run, but Morton struck him out looking to end the threat. Nathan Ruiz,, "New starter Asher Wojciechowski effective, but Orioles strike out 16 times in 6-3 loss to Rays," 2 July 2019 Opposition from the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and several lawmakers from Republican-leaning districts had forced House Democrats to delay a vote to bring up their measure in an embarrassing display of disarray. Emily Cochrane,, "In defeat, Pelosi agrees to pass Senate border bill without House conditions," 27 June 2019 Immigration was the first issue Merrill brought up. Mike Cason |,, "Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill running for U.S. Senate," 25 June 2019 The Padres keeping both Q and A on the 25-man roster brings up some questions and provides some short-term answers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For starters, Quantrill in bullpen is one piece of Padres’ rotation equation," 22 June 2019 So advocates have worked for the past several years to bring up LAWS for debate in the UN, where the details of a treaty can be hammered out. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Death by algorithm: the age of killer robots is closer than you think," 21 June 2019 George said of the potential actors that had been brought up to play him via British Vogue. Alexia Fernandez,, "Sophie Turner Is 'So Down' to Play Boy George After He Expressed His Admiration for Her," 17 June 2019 Badgers United launched Monday to advocate for UW-Madison in the midst of a state budget process that has brought ups and downs for the University of Wisconsin System as a whole. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Culver, Selig, Morgridges among big names behind Badgers United advocacy group for UW-Madison," 17 June 2019

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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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