[ bring ]
/ brɪŋ /
verb (used with object), brought, bring·ing.
to carry, convey, conduct, or cause (someone or something) to come with, to, or toward the speaker: Bring the suitcase to my house. He brought his brother to my office.
to cause to come to or toward oneself; attract: Her scream brought the police. He brought honor to his family by his heroism.
to cause to occur or exist: The medication brought instant relief.
to cause to come into a particular position, state, or effect: to bring the car to a stop.
to cause to appear or occur in the mind; evoke or recall: The letter brought her memories of youth.
to persuade, convince, compel, or induce: She couldn't bring herself to sell the painting.
to sell for; fetch: These lamps will bring a good price.
Law. to commence: to bring an action for damages.
bring about, to accomplish; cause: Land reform brought about a great change in the lives of the common people.
- 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.
bring off, to accomplish, carry out, or achieve (something): He brought off his speech with ease.
- 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
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.
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 off (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
to succeed in achieving (something), esp with difficulty or contrary to expectationshe managed to bring off the deal
slang to cause to have an orgasm
The second sense of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use
British Dictionary definitions for bring off (2 of 2)
/ (brɪŋ) /
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
- to institute (proceedings, charges, etc)
- to put (evidence, etc) before a tribunal
bring forth to give birth to
bring home to
- to convince ofhis account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
- 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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Idioms and Phrases with bring off
Accomplish, achieve successfully, as in We managed to bring off a wonderful performance. [Early 1900s]
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