up·​bring·​ing | \ˈəp-ˌbriŋ-iŋ \

Definition of upbringing 

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

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Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony was dotted with a remarkable number of references to his privileged upbringing. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Privilege: Being Rich and White Is Proof You Must Be Good," 5 Oct. 2018 On one level, this would seem to strain credulity: Brin’s upbringing in the Soviet Union shaped his views on censorship and informed the company’s decision to exit the Chinese market in 2010. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company," 18 Aug. 2018 The King of Pop’s relationship with Joe was marred by traumas of a tough upbringing in the steel town of Gary, Indiana. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Joe Jackson Was Left Out of Son Michael's Will: 'This Is a Decision His Son Made' Says Lawyer," 27 June 2018 His unconventional upbringing triggers all kinds of alarms. Jim Ruland, latimes.com, "A feral California childhood is revealed in Glen David Gold's 'I Will Be Complete'," 27 June 2018 Perez's prose effectively blends the voices and the visions of the two women — one from a poor rural southern upbringing, the other who grew up poor and homeless in Milwaukee’s inner city. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With childhood trauma in spotlight, Milwaukee native's book profiles woman who saves lives," 22 June 2018 From there, a succession of caregivers followed, though Ivana was also active in her three children's upbringing. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 In a recent interview with the Miami New Times, XXXTentacion described his upbringing, which included seeing his mother infrequently and being raised by friends, family and baby-sitters. NBC News, "Florida police arrest suspect in rapper XXXTentacion's shooting death," 21 June 2018 The campaign pitch from Kaegi, 46, is rooted in his upbringing. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Contrasts stark, stakes high in Cook County assessor race," 16 Mar. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of upbringing

: the process of raising and training

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