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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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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All 189 passengers aboard JT 610 are presumed to be dead, and divers and other salvage experts are now focused bringing up their remains from depths of about 100 feet below the surface of the Java Sea, off Jakarta. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air 610 Had the Same Problem Four Flights in a Row Before It Crashed," 5 Nov. 2018 Of course, those are the sorts of queries that become the most important to bring up. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "6 Things to Know Before You Even Set Foot in a Marijuana Dispensary," 24 Oct. 2018 What local governments are doing The town of Delafield is bringing up this issue for the first time and is working on a solution. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The deer population is overwhelming Lake Country. Here are some ways you can keep them away.," 12 July 2018 Peaky Blinders The Peaky Blinders were always going to be brought up in this situation., "It's Coming Home: 6 of the Best England World Cup Memes of the Summer So Far," 11 July 2018 But talking about his win is something the President appears to like to bring up—frequently. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "'They Just Didn’t Get It, But They Do Now!' President Trump Reminds Twitter That No One Thought He Could Win," 9 July 2018 In their talks with Mr. Mattis, Chinese officials are also sure to bring up American support for Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory. New York Times, "Amid Tensions, Mattis Arrives in China to ‘Have a Conversation’," 26 June 2018 Whenever someone talks about a current female pop star, Aaliyah's name is always soon to be brought up because of her legacy and lasting influence on pop culture today. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "What the M.A.C. x Aaliyah Collection Says About the Legacy of Celebrity Beauty," 20 June 2018 But after two outs were made to start the eighth, Pirela and Cory Spangenberg singled to bring up Hosmer, who scored them both with a double down the right field line. Kevin Acee,, "Padres have themselves, umpire to blame for loss to Braves," 14 June 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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bring up

transitive verb
\(ˈ)briŋ-ˈəp \

Medical Definition of bring up 

: vomit

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