up·​bring·​ing | \ ˈəp-ˌbriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce upbringing (audio) \

Definition of upbringing

: early training especially : a particular way of bringing up a child had a strict upbringing

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Getty Images According to reports, Meghan Markle is turning to her upbringing in California for inspiration on how to raise her first child with Prince Harry. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle's "California Roots" Will Influence Baby Sussex," 25 Mar. 2019 As a result of her upbringing, the actress is now a fluent Japanese speaker and even chose to study the language in college. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "8 Facts That Prove 'America's Got Talent' Guest Judge Olivia Munn Has a Fascinating Life," 24 July 2018 For Katie Martinez, the dusty neutrals and barefoot vibes of California living have always held a certain allure, a response to her East Coast upbringing. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Designer Katie Martinez Gives California Style a Dose of East-Coast Chic," 1 July 2018 But differences in upbringing may be even more influential. Andrea Petersen, Redbook, "Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?," 15 May 2017 The author challenges the popular argument that a privileged upbringing was the root of their treachery. Helen Fry, WSJ, "‘Enemies Within’ Review: Traitors to Their Class," 13 Dec. 2018 Perhaps upbringing is harder to overcome than previously thought. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Bette Midler Sparks Controversy with Vulgar Melania Trump Tweet," 16 Nov. 2018 Made with malted milk and sweet purple yams (ube), it was inspired by Borlongan's Filipino upbringing and is now a Wanderlust signature flavor. Sara Lieberman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wanderlust Creamery Takes You Around the Globe in a Single Scoop," 25 May 2018 Their dad Alexander Baldwin, Jr., a high school teacher and football coach, died at age 56, so mom Carol played a big role in their upbringing. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Billy Baldwin's Wife and Kids, Who Inspired His New Netflix Show 'Northern Rescue'," 1 Mar. 2019

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1520, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of upbringing

: the way a child is raised : the care and teaching given to a child by parents or other people


up·​bring·​ing | \ ˈəp-ˌbriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce upbringing (audio) \

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: the process of raising and training

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