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

Examples of upbringing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gillespie’s memoir Tenement Kid, out in October, will trace the Primal Scream frontman’s path from a post-war upbringing in Glasgow to the release of Screamadelica in 1991. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 10 June 2021 Granted access to Roth’s archives, Bailey examines the author’s life from his lower-middle-class Jewish upbringing to reaching the highest echelon of literary acclaim to his relationships with frenemies Saul Bellow and John Updike. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, 1 Apr. 2021 This stems, in part, from Baker’s spiritual upbringing. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Both take place within Southern evangelical communities, with female protagonists who begin to question their upbringing after traumatic moments. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 2 June 2021 Nolan said Parrish suffered from impulse control issues and pointed out that his criminal record was light for his upbringing. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 1 June 2021 My parents grew up in China, so my upbringing was different. Bon Appétit, 14 May 2021 To capture the extreme adversity of his upbringing, Cole returns to his favorite metaphor of the aspiring athlete—a decision that suits the album’s histrionics and fanfare. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 18 May 2021 The area is made up of a small percentage of minorities, but his Nigerian values and customs — from the food to tenets such as faith and education — were the focal points of his upbringing. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of upbringing

1520, in the meaning defined above

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“Upbringing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upbringing. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of upbringing

: the process of raising and training


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