bring

verb
\ ˈbriŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \
brought\ ˈbrȯt How to pronounce brought (audio) \; bringing\ ˈbriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce bringing (audio) \

Definition of bring

transitive verb

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
2 : to cause to exist or occur: such as
a : 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
3 : prefer whether to bring legal charges against him
4 : to procure in exchange : sell for should bring a high price at auction

intransitive verb

chiefly Midland : yield, produce
bring forth
1 : bear brought forth fruit
2 : to give birth to : produce
3 : adduce bring forth persuasive arguments
bring forward
1 : to produce to view : introduce brought new evidence forward
2 : to carry (a total) forward
bring home
: to make unmistakably clear brought home the importance of exercise
bring to account
1 : to bring to book must be brought to account for her mistakes
2 : reprimand
bring to bear
: to use with effect bring pressure to bear
bring to book
: to compel to give an account
bring to light
: disclose, reveal bring new facts to light
bring to mind
: recall These events bring to mind another time in history.
bring to terms
: to compel to agree, assent, or submit
bring up the rear
: to come last or behind

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Other Words from bring

bringer noun

Examples of bring in a Sentence

“Should I send you a check?” “Why not just bring me the money when you come?” Have you brought the money with you from the bank? She brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents. Love of adventure brought her here before taking her to many other places. This radio station brings you all the news as it happens. Can anything bring peace to this troubled region? Having a baby has brought great happiness into her life.
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On a lighter note, the episode trailer also suggests that this episode will bring the opening of the Great Exhibition, which took place in 1851. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Sneak Peek: Watch as Queen Victoria Declares the Great Exhibition Open," 27 Feb. 2019 Hill expects that several lawsuits will be brought against this new proposal. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's What a 'Domestic Gag Rule' on Abortion Would Actually Mean for All of Us," 22 Feb. 2019 Around that were built for the purpose of taking those items that no longer bring one person joy and giving them to another. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Do With All Your Clothes That Don't “Spark Joy"," 11 Jan. 2019 Proponents argue that incentives, regardless of the shifts in how public money is spent, bring needed jobs and tax revenue. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 The same month, the Guardian mentioned a lawsuit brought against Facebook in the US by an app developer named Six4Three that alleged its data policies favored some companies over others. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Protesters brought together by small, decentralized Facebook groups poured into the streets of Paris, livestreaming the violence for their friends watching back home. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 For the previous six seasons, Mandy was played by Molly Ephraim, a brunette actress that brought Mike (Tim Allen) and Vanessa’s (Nancy Travis) sassy middle daughter to life. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Almost Made Molly McCook Do the Craziest Thing to Look Like Molly Ephraim," 16 Feb. 2019 One of my favorite things to do in new places is reach out to people in my social media circles and bring online relationships to life. Carly Benson, SELF, "7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of bring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for bring

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

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bring

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bring

: 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

verb
\ ˈbriŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \
brought\ ˈbrȯt \; bringing

Kids Definition of bring

1 : to cause to come by carrying or leading : take along Students were told to bring lunches. Bring all your friends!
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 : to cause to arrive or exist Their cries brought help. The storm brought snow and ice.
4 : to sell for The house brought a high price.
bring about
: to cause to happen
bring back
: to cause to return to a person's memory Seeing him brought it all back to me.
bring forth
: to cause to happen or exist : produce Her statement brought forth protest.
bring on
: to cause to happen to You've brought these problems on yourself.
bring out
1 : to produce and make available The manufacturer brought out a new model.
2 : to cause to appear His friends bring out the best in him.
bring to
: to bring back from unconsciousness : revive
bring up
1 : to bring to maturity through care and education bring up a child
2 : to mention when talking bring up a subject

Other Words from bring

bringer noun
\ ˈbriŋ How to pronounce bring (audio) \
brought\ ˈbrȯt How to pronounce brought (audio) \; bringing\ ˈbriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce bringing (audio) \

Legal Definition of bring

: 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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