verb (used with object), brought, bring·ing.
- to convince of a belief or opinion; persuade: I think we can bring him around to agreeing with the plan.
- to restore to consciousness, as after a faint.
- to bring as a visitor: They brought around a new employee this morning.
- to injure, capture, or kill: He brought down several ducks on his last hunting trip.
- to lessen; reduce: I won't buy that lamp unless they bring down the price.
- Slang.to cause to be in low spirits; depress: The bad news brought him down.
- to give birth to; deliver; bear: to bring forth a son.
- to give rise to; introduce: to bring forth a proposal for reducing costs.
- to bring to view; show.
- to present for consideration; adduce: to bring forward an opinion.
- to yield, as profits or income: My part-time job doesn't bring in much, but I enjoy it.
- to present officially; submit: The jury brought in its verdict.
- to cause to operate or yield: They brought in a gusher on his property.
- to present for consideration, approval, etc.; introduce: She brought in six new members last month.
- to cause to happen or exist; bring about: This incident will surely bring on a crisis.
- to introduce; cause to appear: Bring on the clowns.
- to expose; reveal.
- to make noticeable or conspicuous in a contrast.
- to publish, as a book or play.
- to introduce officially into society: to bring out a debutante.
- to bring back to consciousness; revive.
- Nautical.to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt.
- to care for during childhood; rear.
- to introduce or mention for attention, discussion, action, or consideration.
- to vomit.
- to stop or cause to stop quickly: to bring up a car at the curb.
- Nautical.(of a vessel) to cause to halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; fetch up.
Origin of bring
Synonyms for bring
Related Words for bringlead, transfer, deliver, bear, take, carry, import, transport, begin, force, make, move, produce, prompt, create, draw, return, serve, chaperon, back
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Contemporary Examples of bring
Taraji manages to bring an equal measure of truth to the mother in her character.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
The wives have been traveling for years across the globe to bring attention to the case.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season liberally with salt.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
Their friends noticed, and asked Sabrine to talk to him to bring him out of his shell a little.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
I feel like a tourist, like you, everyone asking you for money, what did you bring me?Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of bring
He never could find out what was "going on" to bring so many folks into town.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Very well; bring me what you have at that hour, and we'll strike a trade.Brave and Bold
He should bring an almanac with him to know when the days go by.
He wished to bring his whole heart back to her—or at least wished that he wished it.
In all these ways, I will bring the values of our history to the care of our times.
verb brings, bringing or brought (tr)
- to institute (proceedings, charges, etc)
- to put (evidence, etc) before a tribunal
- to convince ofhis account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
- to place the blame on
Word Origin 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.