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 on (1 of 2)

bring on


verb (tr, adverb)

to induce or causethese pills will bring on labour
slang to cause sexual excitement in; stimulate

usage

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 on (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 on

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 on

bring on


1

Cause to happen, produce, as in His cold brought on an asthma attack. This usage was first recorded in John Milton's Samson Agonistes (1671): “These evils . . . I myself have brought them on.” Also see bring about.

2

Cause to appear or bring into action, as in Bring on the jugglers. [Mid-1800s]

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