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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CBS Sports' Mike Axisa brought up Greinke as a possibility for the New York Yankees after the team missed out on signing Dallas Keuchel. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Zack Greinke trade rumors: Arizona Diamondbacks ace 'makes sense' for St. Louis Cardinals," 10 June 2019 Defense attorney Vincent Guimont brought up Mason's extensive history with developmental disorders and other mental health struggles. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man receives 70 years in prison for killing two teens after summer robbery plan turned deadly," 7 June 2019 Carrying burning bundles of resinous pine sticks for light, everyone followed close behind the largest adult, with the toddler bringing up the rear. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "14,000-year-old footprints record an underground Stone Age family outing," 29 May 2019 This can also bring up more dry, financial topics, which are boring but need to be dealt with, nonetheless. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Searching for a Huawei Matebook, for example, brings up a list of competing products, beginning with Apple. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei devices disappear from Microsoft Store and Best Buy, but remain on Amazon, Newegg," 21 May 2019 The driver brought up the video in his post-race interview as well. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Formula 1 Champ Lewis Hamilton Sends His Race Car to Terminally Ill Five-Year-Old Fan Harry Shaw," 14 May 2019 Not once does Jon bring up the fact that Daenerys is his aunt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1: Everything You Need to Know," 15 Apr. 2019 Oddly, Jell-O doesn’t bring up the fact that it has been involved in slime culture before. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Jell-O is finally capitalizing on the Instagram slime trend," 15 Nov. 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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