verb (used with object), brought, bring·ing.

Verb Phrases

Nearby words

  1. brindley,
  2. brine,
  3. brine shrimp,
  4. brinell hardness number,
  5. brinelling,
  6. bring about,
  7. bring around,
  8. bring down,
  9. bring down the curtain,
  10. bring down the house

Origin of bring

before 950; Middle English bringen, Old English bringan; cognate with Dutch brengen, German bringen, Gothic briggan

Related formsbring·er, nounout·bring, verb (used with object), out·brought, out·bring·ing.

Can be confusedbring fetch1 take (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonym study

1. Bring, fetch, take imply conveying or conducting in relation to the place where the speaker is. To bring is simply to convey or conduct: Bring it to me. I'm permitted to bring my dog here with me. It is the opposite of take, which means to convey or conduct away from the place where the speaker is: Bring it back here. Take it back there. Fetch means to go, get, and bring back: Fetch me that bottle. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bring

British Dictionary definitions for bring


verb brings, bringing or brought (tr)

to carry, convey, or take (something or someone) to a designated place or personbring that book to me; will you bring Jessica to Tom's party?
to cause to happen or occur to (oneself or another)to bring disrespect on oneself
to cause to happen as a consequenceresponsibility brings maturity
to cause to come to mindit brought back memories
to cause to be in a certain state, position, etcthe punch brought him to his knees
to force, persuade, or make (oneself)I couldn't bring myself to do it
to sell for; fetchthe painting brought 20 pounds
  1. to institute (proceedings, charges, etc)
  2. to put (evidence, etc) before a tribunal
bring forth to give birth to
bring home to
  1. to convince ofhis account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
  2. to place the blame on
bring to bear See bear 1 (def. 17)

Derived Formsbringer, noun

Word Origin for bring

Old English bringan; related to Gothic briggan, Old High German bringan

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Word Origin and History for bring



Old English bringan "to bring, bring forth, produce, present, offer" (past tense brohte, past participle broht), from Proto-Germanic *brenganan (cf. Old Frisian brenga, Middle Dutch brenghen, Old High German bringan, Gothic briggan); no exact cognates outside Germanic, but it appears to be from PIE root *bhrengk-, compound based on root *bher- (1) "to carry" (cf. Latin ferre; see infer).

The tendency to conjugate this as a strong verb on the model of sing, drink, etc., is ancient: Old English also had a rare strong past participle form, brungen, corresponding to modern colloquial brung. To bring down the house figuratively (1754) is to elicit applause so thunderous it collapses the roof.

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