[ uhp-bring-ing ]
/ ˈʌpˌbrɪŋ ɪŋ /


the care and training of young children or a particular type of such care and training: His religious upbringing fitted him to be a missionary.

Origin of upbringing

1475–85; up- + bringing
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British Dictionary definitions for upbringing


/ (ˈʌpˌbrɪŋɪŋ) /


the education of a person during his formative yearsAlso called: bringing-up
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Word Origin and History for upbringing



1510s, "act of rearing a young person," from up + bringing (see bring). Mainly in Scottish till c.1870, when it became general.

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