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[uhp-bring-ing] /ˈʌpˌbrɪŋ ɪŋ/
the care and training of young children or a particular type of such care and training:
His religious upbringing fitted him to be a missionary.
Origin of upbringing
1475-85; up- + bringing Unabridged
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  • But that is hard to carry out, for the gentleman in Holstein who decides about our upbringing wants me to study for many years.

    Maezli Johanna Spyri
  • She had been drilled—in her tradition, in her upbringing—to keep her mouth shut.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Her Indian upbringing had taught her to disregard bodily comfort.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Kociuszko's upbringing was of the simplest and most salutary description.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • Counsel: "I submit, Me Lud, that it is germane to my case that the prisoner's upbringing might have—"

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for upbringing


the education of a person during his formative years Also called bringing-up
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for upbringing

1510s, "act of rearing a young person," from up + bringing (see bring). Mainly in Scottish till c.1870, when it became general.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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