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transitive verbpast participle verb brought/brôt/ /brɔt/

[with object]
  • 1Take or go with (someone or something) to a place.

    ‘she brought Luke home from the hospital’
    • ‘wake up—I've brought you some coffee’
    conduct, escort, guide, lead, usher, show, show someone the way, lead the way, pilot, accompany
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    1. 1.1Cause (someone or something) to come to a place.
      ‘what brings you here?’
      • ‘the case was brought before a jury’
      • ‘his inner confidence has brought him through his ordeal’
      carry, fetch, bear, take
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    2. 1.2Cause someone to receive (an amount of money) as income or profit.
      ‘two important Chippendale lots brought $10,000 each’
      • ‘five more novels brought him $150,000’
      earn, make, bring in, fetch, yield, net, gross
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    3. 1.3Cause (someone or something) to move in a particular direction.
      ‘he brought his hands out of his pockets’
      • ‘heavy rain brought down the ceiling’
    4. 1.4Cause (something)
      • ‘the bad weather brought famine’
      cause, make happen, bring about, bring on, give rise to, create, produce, result in, wreak, effect, engender, occasion, generate, lead to, precipitate, kindle, trigger, trigger off, spark, spark off, touch off, stir up, whip up, promote, contribute to
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  • 2Cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or condition.

    ‘it was an economic policy that would have brought the country to bankruptcy’
    • ‘I'll give you an aspirin to bring down your temperature’
    • ‘her views have repeatedly brought her into conflict with her parents’
  • 3Initiate (legal action) against someone.

    • ‘charges should be brought against them’
    put forward, prefer, propose, present, submit, lay, initiate, introduce, institute, moot
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  • 4bring oneself to do somethingusually with negative Force oneself to do something unpleasant.

    • ‘she could not bring herself to mention it’
    force oneself to, make oneself, bear to
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/briNG/ /brɪŋ/


    bring it on
    • Used to express confidence in meeting a challenge.

      • ‘if you want to fight me so bad, bring it on!’
      • ‘If this means retroactive prosecution, I say bring it on.’
      • ‘If this is life then bring it on.’
      • ‘I'll be ready for any challenge you throw back at me. Bring it on!’
    bring someone or something to mind
    • Cause one to remember or think of someone or something.

      ‘all that marble brought to mind a mausoleum’
      • ‘You might start the conversation by simply stating what brings the issue to mind.’
      • ‘Why did the girl bring Victor to mind, Sarah wonders.’
      • ‘I have to say, at that stage, it did bring a question to mind of, what am I doing here?’
      • ‘Yet in the event that it moves us, it does so because its bare lines still bring a picture to mind.’
      • ‘It is surprising how much detail is brought to mind as you fill in the sketch.’
      • ‘This bizarre election controversy has unexpectedly brought my father to mind.’
      • ‘Tiny perfume bottles in delicately colored glass always brought Laura to mind.’
      • ‘It was an odd chain of events that brought Willie to mind.’
      • ‘Even the sight of Jack's face brought terrible memories to mind.’
      • ‘Boult's recording is what brought this vision to mind.’
    bring something to bear
    • 1Exert influence or pressure so as to cause a particular result.

      ‘he was released after pressure had been brought to bear by the aid agencies’
      • ‘And who, at this distance, can tell what pressures were brought to bear on ordinary citizens to make them conform.’
      • ‘NASA finally relented, but only after much pressure was brought to bear.’
      • ‘Another way that pressure can be brought to bear on offending nations is through economic sanctions.’
      • ‘How do we measure when or how Australia should bring its influence to bear in faraway conflicts?’
      • ‘Thus a wealth of cultural and culinary influences have been brought to bear on the Armenians.’
      • ‘The symptoms of decay in the government were obvious before this influence was brought to bear.’
      • ‘By ensuring that a solicitor deals with the transaction, we can be certain that no undue influence was brought to bear on the homeowner.’
      • ‘We need schools, guidance counselors and parents to bring their influence to bear.’
      • ‘Evidently such power is very helpful to bring his influence to bear.’
    • 2Aim a weapon.

      ‘he brought his rifle to bear on a distant target’
      • ‘The others all brought their weapons up to bear.’
      • ‘This was the only suitable spot for bringing our guns to bear on the enemy, to assist in the attack.’
      • ‘Burchfield brought his guns to bear early in the Preface, with a broadside against the very book that he was editing.’
    bring something to pass
    mainly literary
    • Cause something to happen.

      ‘any man must at some point question whether it is chance or fate that brings things to pass’
      • ‘Only the most crucial subjects brought such occasions to pass.’
      • ‘Some people think that visualizing the moment of achieving a desired goal can actually bring that moment to pass.’
      • ‘But there was no turning back; his hand had brought the events to pass.’
      • ‘The God who promised a new covenant has brought it to pass.’
      • ‘God has used odd people to bring his purposes to pass.’
    bring something to the table
    • Contribute something of value to a discussion, project, etc.

      • ‘consultants who can bring strategic thinking to the table’
    bring the house down
    • Make an audience respond with great enthusiasm, typically as shown by their laughter or applause.

      ‘he could bring the house down with his dry humor’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the group seems fit for bringing the house down on this late summer night in Seattle.’
      • ‘You brought the house down and your testimony was direct and sincere.’
      • ‘The drum solo was thunderous and brought the house down.’
      • ‘Lucy's impromptu solos always brought the house down.’
      • ‘Each movement or action on the stage is so funny that they bring the house down.’

Phrasal Verbs

    bring about
    • 1bring something about, bring about somethingCause something to happen.

      ‘she brought about a revolution’
      • ‘The effect of inbreeding on disease levels in a host population can be brought about in two different ways.’
    • 2bring something about, bring about somethingNautical
      Cause a ship to head in a different direction.

      ‘he brought the ship about in a stylish tack’
      • ‘They sailed out to sea, brought the ship about, and entered the harbour from the East.’
      • ‘The pilots brought their ships about and at the same time killed their thrust.’
      • ‘After flying a little way out he brought the ship about and slowed to the lowest throttle setting.’
      • ‘Karen brought her ship about as Joshua said, ‘Engage at will!’’
    bring around
    • 1bring someone around, bring around someoneRestore someone to consciousness.

      • ‘she administered artificial respiration and brought him around’
    • 2bring someone around, bring around someonePersuade someone to agree to something.

      ‘she's not too thrilled, but I think I can bring her around’
      • ‘with any luck, you'll be able to bring him around to the idea’
    bring back
    • 1bring something back, bring back somethingReintroduce something.

      • ‘bringing back capital punishment would solve nothing’
    • 2bring something back, bring back somethingCause something to return to the mind.

      • ‘the smell of the tiny church brought back every memory of my childhood’
    bring down
    • 1bring someone down, bring down someoneCause someone to lose power.

      • ‘Civil War in England eventually brought down the King’
      1. 1.1Cause someone to fall over, especially by tackling them during a football game or rugby match.
        • ‘Harris was brought down by Palmer on the edge of the box’
    • 2bring someone down, bring down someoneMake someone unhappy or depressed.

      • ‘she was in such a good mood I couldn't bear to bring her down’
    • 3bring something down, bring down somethingCause an aircraft or bird to fall from the sky by shooting it.

      ‘Commercial airlines have been brought down by military aircraft and missiles.’
      • ‘The Pentagon says it doesn't appear the aircraft was brought down by hostile fire.’
      • ‘As the jet descended to land, it was brought down by two missiles.’
      • ‘Government agencies deny that a Navy missile brought the plane down.’
      • ‘As a duck came speeding by, B.K. took the shot and brought the duck down.’
      1. 3.1bring someone or something down, bring down someone or somethingCause an animal or person to fall over by shooting them.
        ‘too bad he couldn't bring the bear down with a clean shot’
        • ‘This one of the sort had a long bolt-it was for bringing a grisly bear down.’
        • ‘He fought his excitement, trying to line up a shot that would bring the bear down.’
        • ‘The shot that had brought him down had lodged in his thigh.’
        • ‘The shot which brought him down was fired by the owner of the pigeons.’
        • ‘The cow dodged and ran within ten or fifteen yards of them when both men fired and brought her down.’
    bring forth
    • 1bring something forth, bring forth something formal, archaic Produce or give rise to something.

      ‘he has no idea what the day will bring forth’
      • ‘a legal petition brings forth a complaint of law to a government body’
      • ‘They shall curse the mothers who brought them forth.’
      • ‘She never conceived or brought forth a child.’
      • ‘The other female brought forth a child covered with the small-pox.’
      • ‘While she was great with child, she dreamed that she brought forth a babe bearing the mark of a Cross upon his breast’
      1. 1.1bring something forth, bring forth somethingProduce fruit or flowers.
        • ‘let the earth bring forth grass’
      2. 1.2bring someone forth, bring forth someoneGive birth to a child.
        • ‘why does Elsbeth not bring forth a child?’
    bring forward
    • 1bring something forward, bring forward somethingMove a meeting or event to an earlier date or time.

      ‘the congress has been brought forward by a year’
      • ‘Recent events may well bring this date forward.’
      • ‘However, given today's tragic events it may be that that this meeting is brought forward.’
      • ‘The next meeting of the guild has been brought forward by one week and is taking place on Monday, December 10.’
      • ‘Plus, it's brought the release date forward, which is a nice thing.’
      • ‘Councillors are bringing the dates forward this spring to help them continue to set a low council tax.’
    • 2bring something forward, bring forward somethingPropose a plan or idea for consideration.

      ‘I realize that when I bring forward proposals they will have to be judged on their merits’
      • ‘The information you provide will let the editors know whom to contact when a story idea is brought forward.’
      • ‘When an idea for a song is brought forward by one of the members, additions to it are made by the other.’
      • ‘After approximately half an hour, each group was asked to bring their ideas forward.’
      • ‘They've been thinking about this for a while, though they've been lax in bringing the ideas forward.’
      • ‘Inventors and entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a new fund that can help them bring their ideas forward.’
    • 3bring something forward, bring forward something(in bookkeeping) transfer a total sum from the bottom of one page to the top of the next.

      ‘The company's balance sheet to December 31, 2000 showed a loss brought forward of €3.23 million.’
      • ‘This statement shows two entries, with a balance brought forward of $104, 192.53.’
      • ‘He did not recollect checking the details on the second page, which amount was brought forward to the first page.’
      • ‘Those are all issues that are brought forward and are worked on and are pushed by Democrats.’
    bring in
    • 1bring something in, bring in somethingIntroduce a new law or product.

      ‘we have brought in reforms to ensure we have a fair system’
      • ‘So there's a real challenge on our part as we work with retailers to bring those refrigerated products in.’
      • ‘Constitutional reforms had been brought in by the Liberals.’
      • ‘A raft of new taxes could be brought in under proposals unveiled yesterday.’
      • ‘If wine was reasonably priced, inventory would move, and new vintages could be brought in.’
      1. 1.1bring someone in, bring in someoneStart to involve someone in a particular activity.
        • ‘he has brought in a consultant’
    • 2bring something in, bring in somethingBritish (of a jury) give a decision in court.

      ‘the jury brought in a unanimous verdict’
      • ‘The jury brought in a verdict that the cave-in in the tunnel was due to faulty design in the timbering.’
      • ‘This time the jury brought in a decision in favor of Scott, and the defense prepared an appeal.’
      • ‘The first claim was that he was innocent, and would continue to be, until a jury brought in a guilty verdict.’
    • 3bring something in, bring in somethingMake or earn a particular amount of money.

      ‘their fundraising efforts have brought in more than $1 million’
      • ‘Finding advertising is one of the ways I could bring some money in.’
      • ‘While playing my viola brought in a lot of cash, it also made me the biggest nerd at my school.’
      • ‘Her profession of political image consultant brought in a good salary and gave her a healthy investment portfolio.’
      • ‘The ad then brought in over a quarter million pounds-worth of orders on its very first outing.’
    bring off
    mainly British
    • 1bring something off, bring off somethingAchieve something successfully.

      ‘a good omelet is very hard to bring off’
      • ‘It is part of something that they hope they never have to do but they bring it off successfully.’
      • ‘Rostropovich brings this live performance off most impressively.’
      • ‘He might have worked terribly hard to bring it off.’
      • ‘It's not the kind of thing one associates with him, but he brings it off triumphantly.’
      • ‘He brings it off with a skill that you wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it.’
      • ‘The man actually responsible for bringing the whole thing off isn't even acknowledged on the big screen.’
      • ‘The only thing you're scared of is not being able to bring it off.’
      • ‘Now that he's at an age where he can genuinely strike such a pose, he can't quite bring it off.’
      • ‘They have brought the project off with impeccable artistic taste.’
      • ‘They explain a lot about how shots were put together or what effects were used to bring them off.’
    • 2bring someone off, bring off someone vulgar slang Give someone or oneself an orgasm.

    bring on
    • 1bring something on, bring on somethingCause something, typically something unpleasant, to occur.

      • ‘ulcers are not brought on by a rich diet’
      1. 1.1bring something on someoneBe responsible for something unpleasant that happens to oneself or someone else.
        • ‘he's brought it on himself—he's not a victim’
    • 2bring someone on, bring on someoneBritish Encourage someone who is learning something to develop or improve.

      ‘Mr. Eden thought well of him, and was bringing him on’
      • ‘It can dramatically reduce the cost associated with bringing somebody on to a system.’
      • ‘There is no doubt in my mind that he will be a key part of the team that brings her on to greater heights.’
      • ‘When they feel it's appropriate, they'll bring her on.’
      • ‘But this is where the publishers have brought us on.’
    • 3bring someone on, bring on someoneUS Engage someone to perform a task or assume a role.

      • ‘Kevin's track record and experience make him a great fit, and I'm thrilled the board has brought him on to lead their efforts’
    • 4bring something on, bring on something(of the weather) promote the growth of crops.

    bring out
    • 1bring something out, bring out somethingProduce and launch a new product or publication.

      ‘the magazine will also be bringing out a book in November to celebrate its 40th anniversary’
      • ‘the band is bringing out a video’
    • 2bring something out, bring out somethingMake something more evident; emphasize something.

      ‘the shawl brings out the color of your eyes’
      • ‘playing for Boston will bring out the best in me’
    • 3bring someone out, bring out someoneMake someone feel more confident or sociable.

      ‘she needs friends to bring her out of herself’
      • ‘‘Thank you,’ he said encouragingly, hoping this would bring her out of her shell.’
      • ‘The camaraderie of colleagues has helped in bringing her out of herself.’
      • ‘Nate was someone he could have confided in and might have brought him out of his shell a bit more.’
      • ‘I think I was a very shy kid and it really brought me out of myself.’
      • ‘I was 18 years old and shy, but my coworkers brought me out of my shell.’
    bring to
    • 1bring someone toRestore someone to consciousness.

    • 2bring something toNautical
      Cause a ship to stop, especially by turning into the wind.

    bring up
    • 1bring someone up, bring up someoneLook after a child until it is an adult.

      ‘she was partly brought up by her maternal grandparents’
      • ‘He really had only one parent bringing him up for most of his life because his mother passed away when he was 12.’
      • ‘Since Rebecca's death, her son Jordan has been brought up by her mother and sisters.’
      • ‘Abandoned by the stricken father, Paolo had been brought up in his mother's home.’
      • ‘I learned his father was killed at Dunkirk, and, one of five children, he was brought up by his mother.’
      • ‘Born in Manchester of Welsh parents, he was brought up in Wales after the early death of his father.’
      1. 1.1be brought upBe taught as a child to adopt a particular attitude or type of behavior.
        ‘he had been brought up to believe that marriage was forever’
        • ‘I was brought up to believe that it was impolite to discuss one's financial affairs in public.’
        • ‘I am 16 and I've been brought up to believe in God.’
        • ‘Suppose people in a given society were brought up to believe that women should be subservient to men.’
        • ‘Everything he'd been brought up to believe in was no longer enough.’
        • ‘She had always been brought up to believe murder was wrong, regardless of circumstance.’
        • ‘We were brought up by our parents to be loving and respectful.’
    • 2bring something up, bring up somethingRaise a matter for discussion or consideration.

      ‘she tried repeatedly to bring up the subject of marriage’
      • ‘I've considered bringing the matter up with my father but fear creating a rift.’
      • ‘He seemed to have resentment in his voice whenever the matter of the song was brought up.’
      • ‘A day passed before the subject of a plan was brought up and discussed.’
      • ‘My grandmother does not want me to bring this matter up at all because when I do, an argument starts.’
      • ‘I have tried to get the local group to bring this matter up because in the end, they are affected the most by it.’
      • ‘She started to bring this matter up with Jack but he gave her a look as if he didn't want her to talk about this now.’
      • ‘He informed me that he was going to bring the matter up at the Peace Council in the fall.’
      • ‘If such sensitive matters are brought up in a matter-of-fact way, most patients will respond freely.’
      • ‘I know it's still early in our relationship, so I haven't brought the subject up since.’
      • ‘She had not been expecting to go out, but the rather sore subject of marriage had been brought up.’
    • 3bring something up, bring up somethingVomit something.

      ‘fortunately I brought up the poison’
      • ‘What he saw hit him hard and he brought up his lunch.’
      • ‘My client brought up her lunch shortly after she ate.’
      • ‘I almost brought up my dinner last night watching the news.’
    • 4Nautical
      (of a ship) come to a stop.

      ‘The ship brought up as suddenly and violently as if she had struck a rock.’
      • ‘The next order followed; when the head sails were flattened and the ship brought up to the wind.’
      • ‘‘Stern all’, Shouted the mate as the boat brought up against some object which we had not been able to see.’


Old English bringan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brengen and German bringen.