bring

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 21 June 2022 The request sought to move the trial to another location or bring an outside jury to adjudicate it. Lydia Morrell, Journal Sentinel, 20 June 2022 Biden threatened to invoke emergency powers if the companies don’t bring prices down. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 Others say simply more pay would help keep and bring new teachers in. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 20 June 2022 Another potential White House move could help boost U.S. production, but would not bring immediate relief, analysts noted. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 20 June 2022 Maatman predicts that the LIV and the players will each bring two courses of action. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 19 June 2022 Summer is expected to be the busiest time of the year, but holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas might bring similar issues for travelers. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 Wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the other charges can bring a five-year maximum. Gene Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2022 See More

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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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23 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for bring

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

bring

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