bring

[ bring ]
/ brɪŋ /

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

Verb Phrases

Origin of bring

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

bring 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 (1 of 2)

bring about


verb (tr, adverb)

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

British Dictionary definitions for bring about (2 of 2)

bring

/ (brɪŋ) /

verb brings, bringing or brought (tr)

Derived Forms

bringer, noun

Word Origin for bring

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