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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To consume and perform online in a basic way is thus to reflect a highly American, capitalist upbringing. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Pumpkin spice lattes — and the backlash, and the backlash to the backlash — explained," 29 Aug. 2018 After a rough upbringing, the two young women go to castings in search of success and crucial financial stability; their day-to-day struggles are juxtaposed with shots of Ryder performing the song. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Serena Ryder's "Famous" Music Video Will Make You Think Twice About Social Media," 15 May 2018 Sitting on the floor looking at old photos with Billboard, Natasha openly reflects on her humble upbringing in the mountains of Santiago de los Caballeros. Elizabeth Lancaster, Billboard, "Natti Natasha Paves the Way for Women in Latin Music," 24 June 2019 This isn’t the only dispute between the siblings about their upbringing. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Julia Salazar, the socialist politician accused of lying about her past, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Former Vice President Joe Biden talks up his upbringing in Scranton, Pennsylvania. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hold on to ’16 as Long as You Can," 30 July 2018 Alex Alonso, the winner of this week’s episode, attributes his love of transitional style to his immigrant upbringing. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Meet Alex Alonso, This Week’s Winner of Bravo's Best Room Wins," 23 May 2019 Naing grew up in a theatrical family, and marionette puppets were an integral part of her upbringing and education. Didem Tali, USA TODAY, "Woman-led puppet theater brings health education to Myanmar villages," 22 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of upbringing

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) \

Kids Definition of upbringing

: the process of raising and training

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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