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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 I am surprised, Ernest, after your upbringing that you should have deceived Roger as you did.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • To a man of his nature and upbringing the choice was not wide.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • Timely suggestions with respect to the comfort and upbringing of the fowls.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • This was viewed in the same way as any other accident of birth or upbringing.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Naturally I decided to lavish all my care upon his upbringing.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
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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