bring up

brought up; bringing up; brings up

Definition of bring up

transitive verb

1 : to bring (a person) to maturity through nurturing care and education
2 : to cause to stop suddenly
3a : to bring to attention : introduce
b computers : to cause (something, such as a file or picture) to appear on a computer screen … you can make any picture that it displays into wallpaper by right-clicking with the arrow over the art to bring up a box with a "Set as wallpaper" choice.— Barry Popik
4 : vomit

intransitive verb

: to stop suddenly

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Examples of bring up in a Sentence

it takes an immense commitment and a lot of love to bring up a child properly I hate to bring this up, but we're running short of money.
Recent Examples on the Web New reliever Ryne Stanek issued a four-pitch walk to Eugenio Suárez to bring up Aquino. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds rookie Aristides Aquino matches club record for homers in loss to Miami Marlins," 28 Aug. 2019 Typically, if a bill is brought up for a vote, a committee rule allows for any lawmaker that opposes it to delay consideration of that bill another week. Li Zhou, Vox, "The viral video of Lindsey Graham silencing Senate Democrats, explained," 1 Aug. 2019 But park owners and managers take a different view, often bringing up safety. Washington Post, "Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate," 16 Sep. 2019 That has since brought up larger questions of his ability to gain the support of black voters. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Where Was Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the Democratic Debate?," 13 Sep. 2019 The elevator is connected to the building’s fire alarm system, which will also be brought up to code. Peter Marteka,, "South Windsor library’s elevator being replaced; will be out of service for weeks," 12 Sep. 2019 Instead of facing Posey, who was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and double play, Floro was asked to intentionally walk him to bring up outfielder Joey Rickard. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Mauricio Dubón crushes Clayton Kershaw, Bruce Bochy puts on a clinic in Giants win," 6 Sep. 2019 During the referendum campaign, no Leaver mentioned the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, just as few brought up the issue of the Irish border. The Economist, "British politics goes into the upside down," 5 Sep. 2019 Senate is the perfect example of a restaurant with a chef with serious chops creating a menu that anyone can relate to, where each dish is brought up to its maximum deliciousness potential. Polly Campbell,, "And the best bistros in Greater Cincinnati are ...," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bring up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of bring up was in the 14th century

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