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 Hansson detailed the couple’s efforts to bring up the issue with Apple’s customer service, which resulted in a formal internal complaint. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Apple Card algorithm sparks gender bias allegations against Goldman Sachs," 11 Nov. 2019 Point Perry was a success Mack wasted no time when Perry was brought up in the postgame press conference. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Breaking down Louisville basketball's key win over Youngstown State," 10 Nov. 2019 The 2016 Netflix reboot centered on Danny’s eldest daughter, D.J. (Bure), a 30-something widow bringing up three kids of her own with the help of her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and childhood BFF Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). Jodi Guglielmi,, "Candace Cameron Bure Cries over Fuller House Final Season: It's a 'Grieving Process'," 8 Nov. 2019 The Titans opened the third quarter driving 67 yards on eight plays and had forced Kyle Allen to throw incomplete on consecutive plays to bring up fourth-and-4. Teresa M. Walker,, "Riverboat Ron’s back after winning pair of 4th-down gambles," 6 Nov. 2019 The test also showed a difference between those who’d grown up in cities and those brought up in towns or the countryside. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 Up on the roof, there will be a bar, dumb waiter device to bring up food orders from downstairs, fire pits and views of downtown. Matt Wake |, al, "VBC announces new venue and restaurant names, lineup," 29 Oct. 2019 Obviously, this will mean a lot more lawsuits in California, which brings up logistical questions on how to manage the influx. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Back Story: The statue of limitations on child sex claims has expanded. Now what?," 20 Oct. 2019 Biden addresses son Hunter’s Ukraine business interests Moderator Anderson Cooper brought up President Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations that Biden’s son Hunter broke laws while serving on a company board in Ukraine. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "October Democratic Debate Highlights: Elizabeth Warren Takes Punches From Buttigieg, Biden and More," 16 Oct. 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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