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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Levy’s inside-but-outside showbiz upbringing and career has helped to ground him as Schitt’s Creek becomes more popular in Hollywood Hills territory. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Dan Levy Made the Funniest Show on TV," 16 Jan. 2019 His family eventually settled back in Croatia and the Liverpool defender believes a tough upbringing and fierce desire to make the nation of just over four million people proud are key motivating factors. Kieran Canning, chicagotribune.com, "Lovren: 'our mentality' carried Croatia to the World Cup final," 12 July 2018 From interviews with the designer himself, to personal insights into McQueen's upbringing and artistic influences, the movie's latest trailer hints at the demons the artist struggled with. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Latest McQueen Movie Trailer Promises a Unique Insight Into the Designer's Work," 31 May 2018 Despite sharing a privileged upbringing and education, the paths of Donald Trump and Robert Mueller diverged sharply during the Vietnam War. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "How Vietnam Shaped Robert S. Mueller," 16 May 2018 Vander Esch was the subject of a Sports Illustrated profile that looked at his upbringing and hometown. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Here's How Riggins, Idaho Reacted When Leighton Vander Esch Got Drafted," 27 Apr. 2018 Peter Macdissi, who was also an executive producer, played Farid, a therapist struggling with his Muslim upbringing and traumatic memories. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "Report: HBO's Portland-set 'Here and Now' canceled," 25 Apr. 2018 Part of this culture likely comes from a long upbringing and lifespans comparable to those of humans. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "How Culture Guides Belugas’ Annual Odysseys Across the Arctic," 12 Apr. 2018 Her Texas upbringing and early years in the labor movement have served her well. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Is Not Done Fighting," 29 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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