bring

verb

brought ˈbrȯt How to pronounce bring (audio) ; bringing ˈbriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce bring (audio)

transitive verb

1
a
: to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded
brought a bottle of wine to the party
b
: to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as
(1)
: attract
her screams brought the neighbors
(2)
: persuade, induce
try to bring them to his way of thinking
(3)
: force, compel
was brought before a judge
(4)
: to cause to come into a particular state or condition
bring water to a boil
c
dialect : escort, accompany
May I bring you home?
d
: to bear as an attribute or characteristic
brings years of experience to the position
2
: to cause to exist or occur: such as
a
: to be the occasion of
winter brings snow
b
: to result in
the drug brought immediate relief
brought tears to her eyes
c
: institute
bring legal action
d
: adduce
bring an argument
3
: prefer
whether to bring legal charges against him
4
: to procure in exchange : sell for
should bring a high price at auction

intransitive verb

chiefly Midland US : yield, produce
bringer noun
Phrases
bring forth
1
: bear
brought forth fruit
2
: to give birth to : produce
3
: adduce
bring forth persuasive arguments
bring forward
1
: to produce to view : introduce
brought new evidence forward
2
: to carry (a total) forward
bring home
: to make unmistakably clear
brought home the importance of exercise
bring to account
1
: to bring to book
must be brought to account for her mistakes
2
bring to bear
: to use with effect
bring pressure to bear
bring to book
: to compel to give an account
bring to light
: disclose, reveal
bring new facts to light
bring to mind
: recall
These events bring to mind another time in history.
bring to terms
: to compel to agree, assent, or submit
bring up the rear
: to come last or behind

Examples of bring in a Sentence

“Should I send you a check?” “Why not just bring me the money when you come?” Have you brought the money with you from the bank? She brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents. Love of adventure brought her here before taking her to many other places. This radio station brings you all the news as it happens. Can anything bring peace to this troubled region? Having a baby has brought great happiness into her life.
Recent Examples on the Web Anthony Minghella’s 1999 movie adaptation of the novel tried determinedly to humanize him, casting Matt Damon as an insecure sad sack who’s driven to a crime of desperate passion when he’s sent to Europe to bring home—and is promptly humiliated by—Jude Law’s wealthy, callous Dickie Greenleaf. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2024 These ovens are for the consumer who wants to be able to cook mostly inside but can be brought outdoors, if needed. Casey Delbasso, ABC News, 15 Apr. 2024 The system’s conditions also bring the potential for tornadoes to form in Wisconsin. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2024 She was also blamed for bringing live ammunition onto the set and failing to follow safety protocols. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Apr. 2024 Later, on the back terrace, where the husband liked to have breakfast in good weather, the wife brought the Times to him as soon as it was delivered; the husband glanced up, smiling at her, clearly remembering nothing of the night. Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 As part of the We, The Voters series, NPR is bringing you stories of gun violence and its impact on communities all week. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 15 Apr. 2024 After a 40% increase in staff in 2021, and a 29% increase in 2022, the company posted just under a 10% growth in employees in 2023, according to company filings, bringing global staffing levels to 140,473 as of the end of last year. Chris Isidore, CNN, 15 Apr. 2024 The show officially brings all these characters into the proper Marvel Cinematic Universe. Zack Sharf, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English bringan; akin to Old High German bringan to bring, Welsh hebrwng to accompany

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bring was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bring. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bring

verb
brought ˈbrȯt How to pronounce bring (audio) ; bringing ˈbriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce bring (audio)
1
: to cause to come with oneself by carrying or leading especially to the place from which the action is viewed
bring a lunch
2
: to cause to reach a certain state or take a certain action
bring water to a boil
couldn't bring myself to say it
3
: to cause to arrive or exist
winter will bring snow
bring legal action
4
: to sell for
will bring a good price
bringer noun

Legal Definition

bring

transitive verb
brought ˈbrȯt How to pronounce bring (audio) ; bringing ˈbriŋ-iŋ How to pronounce bring (audio)
: to begin or commence (a legal proceeding) through proper legal procedure: as
a
: to put (as a lawsuit) before a court
b
: to formally assert (as a charge or indictment)
brought charges against him

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