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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Nodding to his Louisiana upbringing and artistic lineage, Batiste played familiar numbers from the likes of Fats Domino and Ray Charles. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018 His screenplay tells the story of an Oakland man (Diggs) and his white best friend (Rafael Casal) who share an upbringing in hip-hop culture, and an antipathy to the gentrification that’s overrunning and altering their neighborhood. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Art in melting pot America: What's appropriation and what's appropriate? New movies explore," 6 July 2018 German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the U.S. gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Houston Chronicle, "Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany," 12 July 2018 With his wife and two daughters standing beside him, Judge Kavanaugh shared a little bit about his background and praised his parents for his upbringing. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018 On the eve of adulthood, each man had suddenly been confronted with mirror images of himself that were not him, and uncovered a buried history that colored his entire upbringing. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 Republicans Are Terrified of What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Started Photo Illustration by Alicia Tatone Why are conservative media pundits taking shots at her upbringing? Jay Willis, GQ, "Republicans Are Terrified of What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Started," 2 July 2018 Inspired by her Muslim upbringing in Oakland, writer and director Nijla Mu’min’s coming-of-age drama, starring Zoe Renee, premiered at South by Southwest. Boots Riley, HWD, "Sorry to Bother You Director Boots Riley Takes a Ride Through Oakland’s Changing Landscape," 2 July 2018 The name, too, is a hybrid of his Italian background and American upbringing in Sterling Heights. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "SheWolf is Michigan's only restaurant milling its own flour," 27 June 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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