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 : 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
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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Recent Examples on the Web Get into a few flocks, then bring the next group in for some action. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Smartest Ways to Trick Late-Season Canada Geese When You Can’t Get on the X," 12 Jan. 2021 Incoming coach Andy Avalos will bring his defensive acumen to the Broncos. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Alabama, Georgia lead the way in early look at the Top 25 for the 2021 college football season," 12 Jan. 2021 Nothing will bring you closer to peers and loved ones than collective turmoil, and despite much of our social activities taking place in front of screens, last year showed us how much power there is in numbers. Stephanie Long, refinery29.com, "Here’s How Black Women Can Get What They Deserve In 2021, According To Astrology," 12 Jan. 2021 Ethiopian veggie combos bring together collard greens, lentils, split peas and cabbage for a bountiful, filling and usually all-vegan spread, perfumed with berbere, garlic and ginger. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "11 vegetable-centric takeout options from Bay Area restaurants for New Year’s health kicks," 12 Jan. 2021 Within hours, that cause would bring her life to a violent end. Anchorage Daily News, "Ashli Babbitt’s journey from capital ‘guardian’ to invader," 11 Jan. 2021 This will bring the total number of executions overseen by Trump’s Justice Department to 13, the highest number in one administration in more than a century. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Lisa Montgomery Does Not Deserve Special Treatment," 11 Jan. 2021 House Bill 163, as amended, would bring a slew of measures law enforcement groups oppose. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Changes to Illinois justice system faces opposition from police groups," 11 Jan. 2021 Within hours, that cause would bring her life to a violent end. Peter Jamison, BostonGlobe.com, "Ashli Babbitt’s journey from capital ‘guardian’ to invader," 9 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of bring was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bring. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for bring

bring

verb
How to pronounce bring (audio)

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 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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