bring

[ bring ]
/ brɪŋ /

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for bring about

bring about

verb (tr, adverb)

to cause to happento bring about a change in the law
to turn (a ship) around

bring

/ (brɪŋ) /

verb brings, bringing or brought (tr)


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 about

bring

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bring about

bring about

Also, bring to pass. Make something happen, accomplish or result in something. For example, The revised tax code brought about considerable changes in accounting. The first term dates from the 1400s, and the variant, today considered rather formal, from the first half of the 1500s. Also see bring on, def. 1.

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