verb \ˈbriŋ\

Definition of bring


play \ˈbrȯt\;


play \ˈbriŋ-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded <brought a bottle of wine to the party>b :  to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as (1) :  attract <her screams brought the neighbors> (2) :  persuade, induce <try to bring them to his way of thinking> (3) :  force, compel <was brought before a judge> (4) :  to cause to come into a particular state or condition <bring water to a boil>c dialect :  escort, accompany <May I bring you home?>d :  to bear as an attribute or characteristic <brings years of experience to the position>

  3. 2 :  to cause to exist or occur: such asa :  to be the occasion of <winter brings snow>b :  to result in <the drug brought immediate relief> <brought tears to her eyes>c :  institute <bring legal action>d :  adduce <bring an argument>

  4. 3 :  prefer <whether to bring legal charges against him>

  5. 4 :  to procure in exchange :  sell for <should bring a high price at auction>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. chiefly Midland :  yield, produce



bring forth

  1. 1 :  bear <brought forth fruit>

  2. 2 :  to give birth to :  produce

  3. 3 :  adduce <bring forth persuasive arguments>

bring forward

  1. 1 :  to produce to view :  introduce <brought new evidence forward>

  2. 2 :  to carry (a total) forward

bring home

  1. :  to make unmistakably clear <brought home the importance of exercise>

bring to account

  1. 1 :  to bring to book <must be brought to account for her mistakes>

  2. 2 :  reprimand

bring to bear

  1. :  to use with effect <bring pressure to bear>

bring to book

  1. :  to compel to give an account

bring to light

  1. :  disclose, reveal <bring new facts to light>

bring to mind

  1. :  recall <These events bring to mind another time in history.>

bring to terms

  1. :  to compel to agree, assent, or submit

bring up the rear

  1. :  to come last or behind

Examples of bring in a sentence

  1. Should I send you a check? Why not just bring me the money when you come?

  2. Have you brought the money with you from the bank?

  3. She brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents.

  4. Love of adventure brought her here before taking her to many other places.

  5. This radio station brings you all the news as it happens.

  6. Can anything bring peace to this troubled region?

  7. Having a baby has brought great happiness into her life.

Origin and Etymology of bring

Middle English, from Old English bringan; akin to Old High German bringan to bring, Welsh hebrwng to accompany

First Known Use: before 12th century

BRING Defined for English Language Learners


verb \ˈbriŋ\

Definition of bring for English Language Learners

  • : to come with (something or someone) to a place

  • : to cause (something or someone) to come

  • : to cause (something) to exist, happen, or start

BRING Defined for Kids


verb \ˈbriŋ\

Definition of bring for Students




  1. 1 :  to cause to come by carrying or leading :  take along <Students were told to bring lunches.> <Bring all your friends!>

  2. 2 :  to cause to reach a certain state or take a certain action <Bring the water to a boil.> <I couldn't bring myself to say it.>

  3. 3 :  to cause to arrive or exist <Their cries brought help.> <The storm brought snow and ice.>

  4. 4 :  to sell for <The house brought a high price.>



bring about

  1. :  to cause to happen

bring back

  1. :  to cause to return to a person's memory <Seeing him brought it all back to me.>

bring forth

  1. :  to cause to happen or exist :  produce <Her statement brought forth protest.>

bring on

  1. :  to cause to happen to <You've brought these problems on yourself.>

bring out

  1. 1 :  to produce and make available <The manufacturer brought out a new model.>

  2. 2 :  to cause to appear <His friends bring out the best in him.>

bring to

  1. :  to bring back from unconsciousness :  revive

bring up

  1. 1 :  to bring to maturity through care and education <bring up a child>

  2. 2 :  to mention when talking <bring up a subject>

Law Dictionary


transitive verb \ˈbriŋ\

Legal Definition of bring


\ˈbrȯt\ play


\ˈbriŋ-iŋ\ play
  1. :  to begin or commence (a legal proceeding) through proper legal procedure: as a :  to put (as a lawsuit) before a court b :  to formally assert (as a charge or indictment) <brought charges against him>

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