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.
bring around / round
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 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.
- bringer, noun
- outbring, verb (used with object), out·brought, out·bring·ing.
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How to use bring in a sentence
As air molecules heat up, they gain more energy and move around faster, creating more pressure and density and bringing the oxygen molecules closer together.Everest Summits May Become Easier Due to Climate Change | Kyla Mandel | November 20, 2020 | Outside Online
In response, many districts are delaying plans to bring back their students.Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data explains why. | Emily Oster | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The T-Bar Market, in Granite Peaks Lodge, has espresso and to-go items to bring back to your camper.10 Ski Areas Where You Can Camp in the Parking Lot | Megan Michelson | November 20, 2020 | Outside Online
All of it combines to bring Coates’s words up off the page with startlingly precise intent.‘Between the World and Me’ was already a must-read. With HBO’s adaptation, it’s also a must-watch. | Hank Stuever | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
She brought in a pair of Saucony Endorphin Pros and a pair of Vaporfly Next%, which at the time was the newest Nike model.
This is acting in every sense of the word—bringing an unevolved animal to life and making it utterly believable.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Cocker proved to be a survivor, bringing his passionate persona to concert halls around the world decade after decade.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker | Ted Gioia | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For their trip to New Orleans against Alabama, Ohio State is bringing in a cool $17 million.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is | Jesse Lawrence | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the increasing number of fraudsters bringing back wares to stores to make an illicit killing has become impossible to ignore.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once again he accused the West of being unfair to Russia, bringing back his favorite metaphor, the Russian bear.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug | Anna Nemtsova | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In nine days he returned, bringing us the thanks of congress, and fresh orders.
This may be done by taking the humming tone and bringing to bear upon it a strong pressure of energy.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
“The British Raj is doomed,” she muttered, lowering her voice, and bringing her magnificent eyes close to his.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman doing a good turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
She was therefore prepared to sustain her part in the drama Routemberg was bringing on the tapis.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for bring
to carry, convey, or take (something or someone) to a designated place or person: bring 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 consequence: responsibility brings maturity
to cause to come to mind: it brought back memories
to cause to be in a certain state, position, etc: the punch brought him to his knees
to force, persuade, or make (oneself): I couldn't bring myself to do it
to sell for; fetch: the 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 of: his account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
to place the blame on
bring to bear See bear 1 (def. 17)
- bringer, noun
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