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 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 down (1 of 2)

bring down


verb (tr, adverb)

to cause to fallthe fighter aircraft brought the enemy down; the ministers agreed to bring down the price of oil
(usually passive) slang to cause to be elated and then suddenly depressed, as from using drugs

British Dictionary definitions for bring down (2 of 2)

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 down

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 down

bring down


1

Cause to fall, collapse, or die. For example, The pilot won a medal for bringing down enemy aircraft, or The bill's defeat was sure to bring down the party. [c. 1300]

2

Cause a punishment or judgment, as in The bomb threats brought down the public's wrath on the terrorists [Mid-1600s]

3

Reduce, lower, as in I won't buy it till they bring down the price, or He refused to bring himself down to their level. This usage may be literal, as in the first example, or figurative, as in the second. [First half of 1500s]

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