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 Cloud doesn’t alter his voice to play Fez, and additionally works with Levinson to adapt his dialogue into a vernacular that feels more natural to him, heavily impacted by his upbringing in Oakland, Calif. Selome Hailu, Variety, 10 Aug. 2022 Is this record’s concept of creation and fallen angels a direct reflection or response to your upbringing? Taylor Glasby, Rolling Stone, 28 July 2022 The black-tie-optional reception took place at the Bronx Zoo, a nod to their upbringing in the borough. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Bringing up tomatoes has felt like a way to reach back to my Italian-American upbringing in a time when time and politics can fracture ideas of family. Lindsay Crudele, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 In an interview with Deadline, Hall spoke about drawing inspiration for the show's language from her upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 June 2022 In the Name of the Father, Sheridan will direct North Star, which focuses on his upbringing in the same conflict-riddled 1960s Ireland where Bono and The Edge were raised. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 20 May 2022 The Focus Features release was written and directed by Gray, heavily based on his upbringing in Queens, New York. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2022 Sin, 27, reflected on his upbringing in Hong Kong where Lunar New Year meant visiting family and chowing down on snacks like turnip cakes and mooncakes. Tara Massouleh Mccay, PEOPLE.com, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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