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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web That brought up dangerous Justin Turner, whose home run the following day would keep the Brewers from holding on to a win and taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Next Ten: Brandon Woodruff takes Clayton Kershaw deep in 2018 playoffs," 27 May 2020 The two words will be juxtaposed again when Horace compliments the older Piso son, who is being brought up by his father to behave properly (ad rectum) but also has good sense himself (sapis). Gregory Hays, The New York Review of Books, "Horace’s How-To," 27 May 2020 But for an analyst one of the things that this brings up, strangely, is August breaks and vacations. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The New Theatrics of Remote Therapy," 25 May 2020 At The Echo, each table has QR code that can bring up the menu so patrons don’t have to touch a menu. Cameron Knight,, "Restaurants in Cincinnati welcomed back diners inside. Here's how dinner went," 21 May 2020 Ask Anything with Voice Command Below the driving graphic, there is a microphone icon that's used to bring up voice command. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Tesla Model 3: The Complete Guide," 20 May 2020 The center of the storm is expected to move near the coast for the next few hours, and bring up to 3 inches of rain and tropical storm force winds to coastal areas. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Arthur 2020 bringing wind and rain to North Carolina," 18 May 2020 As Quartz previously reported, watching shows with your kids can be a way to reinforce any lessons the shows bring up. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The best kids’ shows that locked-down parents can enjoy, too," 5 Apr. 2020 Add the chicken stock and the Guinness and bring up to a rolling simmer, stirring often. Brad Fenson, Field & Stream, "5 Festive Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day Featuring Wild Game (and Beer!)," 13 Mar. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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