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 Emerick, who came to San Antonio from Oregon, brought a wealth of energy and expertise, as well as a passion for public health services that was rooted in her own blue-collar upbringing in Maryland. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Why San Antonio's health director stepped down," 30 June 2020 The six episodes will chronicle Kaepernick's upbringing and the experiences that propelled him to become a national icon for protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Netflix to produce Ava DuVernay-led series on Colin Kaepernick," 29 June 2020 For Elizabeth, desperate to lead a life different from her upbringing, devotion to her academic ambitions and motherhood leave her emotionally, physically and financially drained. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "A Mother Examines the Costs of Her Desires in Want," 25 June 2020 But unlike the 2019 documentary Where’s My Roy Cohn?, which delved into Cohn’s upbringing in more detail, Bully. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Roy Cohn’s Final Lesson for Trump," 18 June 2020 Howard said his background and his upbringing have prepared him for the job. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Mayor Frank Jackson picks former prosecutor as Cleveland’s new director of public safety," 19 June 2020 This work ethic has helped her rise from a modest upbringing in a city where members of tycoon families are typically preordained for the upper echelons of power. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020 As always, we're moved whenever Kotb lets us in to her personal life and shares beautiful details from her upbringing. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Hoda Kotb Beautifully Captures What Made Her Dad So Special," 18 June 2020 The talented lyricist also suggests that other African Americans may be grappling with how to react to the movement because of their upbringing. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "J. Cole enters Black Lives Matter debate with new single 'Snow on Tha Bluff'," 17 June 2020

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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 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of upbringing

: the process of raising and training

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