- 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.
- bring down,
- 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.
- bring forth,
- to give birth to; deliver; bear: to bring forth a son.
- to give rise to; introduce: to bring forth a proposal for reducing costs.
- bring forward,
- to bring to view; show.
- to present for consideration; adduce: to bring forward an opinion.
- bring in,
- 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.
- bring on,
- 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.
- bring out,
- 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.
- bring to,
- to bring back to consciousness; revive.
- Nautical.to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt.
- bring up,
- 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
Synonyms for bringSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for bringslead, transfer, deliver, bear, take, carry, import, transport, begin, force, make, move, produce, prompt, create, draw, return, serve, chaperon, back
Examples from the Web for brings
Contemporary Examples of 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!
January 8, 2015
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
January 6, 2015
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
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
READ MORE: Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars Which brings us to the inimitable Kanye West.Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Destiny’s Child and Kanye West Movies, and Spidey Cameo in Capt. 3
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of brings
Wonderful are the accounts he brings of that far-off world, where his spirit wanders.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This brings us to his meeting with Halbert Davis at the door.Brave and Bold
Sunday comes, and brings with it a day of general gloom and austerity.Sunday under Three Heads
And though it requires sacrifice, it brings a deeper fulfillment.
Yet if it brings marvelous joy it also brings exquisite pain.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
- to carry, convey, or take (something or someone) to a designated place or personbring 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 consequenceresponsibility brings maturity
- to cause to come to mindit brought back memories
- to cause to be in a certain state, position, etcthe punch brought him to his knees
- to force, persuade, or make (oneself)I couldn't bring myself to do it
- to sell for; fetchthe 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 ofhis account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
- to place the blame on
- bring to bear See bear 1 (def. 17)
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.