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verb (tr, adverb)

to care for and train (a child); rearwe had been brought up to go to church
to raise (a subject) for discussion; mention
to vomit (food)
(foll by against) to cause (a person) to face or confront
(foll by to) to cause (something) to be of a required standard



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Idioms and Phrases with bring up

bring up


Raise from childhood, rear. For example, Bringing up children is both difficult and rewarding. [Late 1400s]


Introduce into discussion, mention, as in Let's not bring up the cost right now. [Second half of 1800s]


Vomit, as in She still felt sick but couldn't bring up anything. This usage was first recorded in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719).

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