verb (used with object), brought, bring·ing.
- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for brings
While excoriating the IRS, Huckabee brings his readers along on a flashback to his youth.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Although he brings a Western spin to things, he seems equally inspired by the local sense of style.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To an audience destabilized by seismic changes in the culture, he brings the assurance (and the threat) that Obama et al.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Israeli elections means a time out And that brings us to the bottom line.Why We Should Delay The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process|Aaron David Miller|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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He always has things his own way, though he brings it about so quietly that nobody would even suspect him of being self-willed.Macaria|Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
In this Hirzel, who was a physician and a philanthropist, brings to the fore the despised peasantry.The Story of Switzerland|Lina Hug
It brings out all the worst things in me; you know I have told you that before, Edwin?'New Grub Street|George Gissing
It is the social lure as well as the theatrical appeal that brings the people there.Europe After 8:15|H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
Sometimes I do; when it brings things out the way I want them to come out.The Price|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for brings
verb brings, bringing or brought (tr)
- to institute (proceedings, charges, etc)
- to put (evidence, etc) before a tribunal
- to convince ofhis account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
- to place the blame on
Word Origin for bring
Word Origin and History for brings
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.