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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Related Words for upbringing

training, instruction, childhood, nurture

Examples from the Web for upbringing

Contemporary Examples of upbringing

Historical Examples of upbringing

  • But I am surprised, Ernest, after your upbringing that you should have deceived Roger as you did.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • To a man of his nature and upbringing the choice was not wide.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore

  • Timely suggestions with respect to the comfort and upbringing of the fowls.

  • This was viewed in the same way as any other accident of birth or upbringing.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Naturally I decided to lavish all my care upon his upbringing.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

British Dictionary definitions for upbringing



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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