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
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Examples from the Web for brought
Contemporary Examples of brought
But the qualities Mario Cuomo brought to public life—compassion, integrity, commitment to principle—remain in short supply today.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
The reason why I brought that up is because I remember how happy Rick and I were when Altman said that.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
I mean my background weighed heavily, because I was brought up in this orthodox way.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
From his purview, our visit and interest had brought excitement to him and his peers.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Some brought rocks and bricks, intent on clashing with the police.St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of brought
They brought with them from the old colonies their educational traditions and their devotion to the flag of the Empire.Ryerson Memorial Volume
J. George Hodgins
The slow spin of our rock had now brought the Dippers into view.Industrial Revolution
Poul William Anderson
By her own personal strength her twelve children were brought forth, and her own sensitive fibres and tissues felt the suffering.What a Young Husband Ought to Know
In order then to have every thing distinct and accurate, they had brought their opinion forward in the form it now appears.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
Singleton had brought out something rolled in a scarf of Roman silk.The Messenger
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
past tense and past participle of bring (v.).
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.