Definition of bring
1 a : to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded b : to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: as (1) : attract <her screams brought the neighbors> (2) : persuade, induce (3) : force, compel (4) : to cause to come into a particular state or condition <bring water to a boil> c dial : escort, accompany d : to bear as an attribute or characteristic <brings years of experience to the position>
2 : to cause to exist or occur: as a : to be the occasion of <winter brings snow> b : to result in <the drug brought immediate relief> c : institute <bring legal action> d : adduce <bring an argument>
3 : prefer <bring charges>
4 : to procure in exchange : sell for
bring to account
bring to bear
bring to book
bring to light
bring to mind
bring to terms
bring up the rear
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.
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
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
Definition of bring for Students
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.>
: to cause to happen
: to cause to return to a person's memory <Seeing him brought it all back to me.>
: to cause to happen or exist : produce <Her statement brought forth protest.>
: to cause to happen to <You've brought these problems on yourself.>
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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