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
It was a whole lot more enjoyable than trying on clothes in the fluorescent-lit chill of a department store changing room, and it brought me joy to think about my old clothes finding new life in someone else’s closet.Trying to shop sustainably? Here’s what you need to consider. | Sarah Kaplan | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Bjerg replaced Parth Naidu, who coached the team previously and was brought back on for last season’s summer split.
Coronavirus infections have surged more dramatically in other parts across the country, and people are still traveling and potentially bringing it home.Maryland’s coronavirus numbers are going up. Here’s what you need to know. | Erin Cox | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Obviously Carlos Dunlap making that last play, that’s why we brought him here — a huge, huge addition.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West | Mark Maske | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Metro officials say they have run out of options to avoid making difficult decisions as they grapple with the crisis brought by the pandemic, which has devastated the agency’s operating budget while also putting employees at risk.Metro board approves budget cuts, buyouts as pandemic dents agency’s budget | Justin George | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Surprise because the most common response when someone brings up James Corden is: “Who?”New ‘Late Late Show’ Host James Corden Would Like to Manage Your Expectations | Kevin Fallon | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He brings out all their power, brilliancy and careering wildness, and makes the greatest sensation of them.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
We have other things to engage us now, but I sometimes think all is not gain that the march of progress brings.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
He is allowed one-third of it for himself, and, whatever price it brings, it must support his family for the next year.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
This brings to my Memory (what I cannot help smiling at) the bountiful Banter, you at this time endeavoured to put upon me.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope | Colley Cibber
But we may indeed call a voyage fortunate, which brings us at last safe into port.
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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