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verb (tr, adverb)

to produce or publish or have publishedwhen are you bringing out a new dictionary?
to expose, reveal, or cause to be seenshe brought out the best in me
to encourage (a shy person) to be less reserved (often in the phrase bring (someone) out of himself or herself)
British (of a trade union, provocative action by management, misunderstanding, etc) to cause (workers) to strike
(foll by in) to cause (a person) to become covered (with spots, a rash, etc)
British to introduce (a girl) formally into society as a debutante

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bring out

1

Expose or reveal; make conspicuous. For example, His book brought out some new facts about the war, or Her photographs bring out the play of light on her subjects. [Late 1500s]

2

Nurture or develop a quality, as in A gifted teacher brings out the best in pupils. [c. 1700]

3

Present to the public. For example, The publisher decided to bring out this dictionary in a single volume, or Debutantes traditionally are brought out at a ball. [c. 1800]

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