Definition of bring in English:

bring

verbbrought

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

    ‘she brought Luke home from hospital’
    with two objects ‘Liz brought her a glass of water’
    • ‘She noticed that I was awake, and brought me a glass of water.’
    • ‘We are bringing you the only guide you need to know what's hot.’
    • ‘He came in a rented vehicle from Tikal, bringing a hired tour guide and a camera.’
    • ‘In an emergency, my son could drive up and bring us home.’
    • ‘Prospective parents can travel to India or arrange for an escort to bring their adopted child home.’
    • ‘Kit brought her wine glass to her lips and took a sip.’
    • ‘Brenna beamed and quickly brought her a glass.’
    • ‘I moved in next door to her and she made me pudding and brought it over to my house.’
    • ‘Tracy lit a fire and poured two glasses of wine and brought them over to Ryan on the couch.’
    • ‘It's always a good idea to bring extra pairs of glasses or lenses if you have them.’
    • ‘He brought gifts with him as befits a visiting uncle.’
    • ‘Let us watch as his twisted assistant brings him foreboding news’
    • ‘Sometimes when Geoff goes shepherding, he brings a novice dog.’
    • ‘To help you get back on track, the magazine brings you the spring guide to complete wellness.’
    • ‘He assisted me in bringing the two into our house.’
    • ‘Now she runs an escort agency bringing men and women together.’
    • ‘Perhaps your friend can conduct units which bring professionals into the classroom to work on interesting projects.’
    • ‘Bring a tree field guide to help you distinguish species.’
    • ‘This half-day guided tour will bring them right onto the golden sand dunes of Arabia in four-wheel drives.’
    • ‘We're going to bring you the results in just a few minutes.’
    • ‘That juror apparently printed out the documents and brought them into the jury room as well.’
    • ‘Timothy brought me the rhinoceros-hide whip that decorated the otherwise bare walls of his shed.’
    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?’
      ‘a felony case brought before a jury’
      ‘his inner confidence has brought him through his ordeal’
      • ‘There had been talk among their generals to bring her here before, but none had dared to touch her.’
      • ‘This mixture effectively brought me into the feeling of the play.’
      • ‘He's effective in bringing groups of Iraqis together, something he's done for many years.’
      • ‘An Alberta promoter is bringing a new style of festival to Canada.’
      • ‘We just need to create a structure to bring them together.’
      • ‘The collaboration brought father and son closer than ever.’
      • ‘The wizard who brought us here undoubtedly created this place.’
      • ‘The glass roof brought sunlight down and illuminated the blue walls.’
      • ‘For example, what is it about the Philip Glass' music which brings you back to him?’
      • ‘A short drive brings you north to Florence, or south, more energetically, to Bologna or Sienna.’
      • ‘The circulating nurse also suggests that another surgeon be brought in to assist the operating surgeon.’
      • ‘The pilot brought the shuttle gently to rest in the clearing.’
      • ‘While new recruits are being brought in, a lot of more experienced people are getting restless, and gone.’
      • ‘But the reaction Smith received when he brought in the local FBI office was more puzzling.’
      • ‘He dined or drank at The Beet three or four times a week and brought in lots of new customers.’
      • ‘The other acts are going to be brought in through witness testimony.’
      • ‘It had been only a month after they had first been brought in here, and all five had been locked up in the same cell.’
      • ‘But what has been brought in are behavioral experts and demeanor experts.’
      • ‘Whatever reason they did this for, those two guys need to be brought in.’
      • ‘They're not allowed to see each other, so she has to leave, and then he'll be brought in right after this.’
      • ‘Given the acting chops of most of the leads, the stunt doubles should have been brought in for the dramatic bits too.’
      • ‘It also had a sizable fleet of extra buses that could be brought in for emergencies.’
      • ‘I always assumed that a CEO from the outside was going to be brought in.’
      • ‘The joy driving brought me was so great that I was almost thankful I'd left it so long to learn.’
      carry, fetch, bear, take
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    2. 1.2bring someone inInvolve (someone) in a particular activity.
      ‘he has brought in a consultancy company’
      • ‘The reliever was brought in to secure the victory.’
      • ‘He brings Bart in on a lot of his schemes.’
      • ‘When he was brought in to command the Second Army, he was well received by the men.’
      • ‘Ask yourself, ‘If this scheme is guaranteed to produce spectacular returns, why bring me in on it?’’
      • ‘And consultants from Vietnam would be brought in to advise the government.’
      • ‘Jo was brought in as directorial consultant, whatever that means.’
      • ‘If you can't hire a consultant, then bring someone in and give him the pieces of authority one at a time.’
      • ‘We get into the sport because we are brought in as youngsters.’
      • ‘So Carole was brought in for a proper photo shoot and the now famous photograph was taken.’
      • ‘She was brought in to help the university take the next step in improving its graduate program.’
      • ‘Thousands of inexperienced foreign workers have been brought in.’
      • ‘Couldn't they have been brought in for some clean-up?’
      • ‘The Philharmonia Orchestra has been brought in to underpin the major concerts.’
      • ‘Seagrave is brought in at full back, as Roberts is unavailable.’
      • ‘He could be brought in as a production and distribution partner.’
      • ‘But he wasn't brought in simply for his professionalism.’
      • ‘It's pretty clear he was brought in as an eleventh-hour replacement.’
      • ‘Bilal demanded to know why he had been brought in.’
      • ‘So if they hadn't have brought Anton in to do this I'd have never have found that out.’
      • ‘And finally they brought someone in to help me through that period.’
      involve, include, count in, take in
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    3. 1.3Cause someone to receive (an amount of money) as income or profit.
      ‘two important Chippendale lots brought £10,000 each’
      with two objects ‘five more novels brought him £150,000’
      • ‘The coffee shops were going to be open even longer as the commuters brought in much money even in the early hours.’
      • ‘With ridership that quickly surpassed expectations, they also brought in profits.’
      • ‘His books brought in an amazing income stream.’
      • ‘This summer is shaping up to bring record amounts of money in ticket sales.’
      • ‘These brought in little income and proved a great headache to manage.’
      • ‘Public lectures, gala events, and renting out premises also brought certain amounts of money.’
      • ‘It brought in money that would likely not have come to Berkeley otherwise.’
      • ‘Over in China a young woman made a movie that hadn't brought in very much money.’
      • ‘Their boxed lunches brought in enough money that Arthur could begin saving again in earnest.’
      • ‘Still, all of her mother's odd jobs never brought in enough money, and her family had to make difficult changes.’
      • ‘They brought in enough money for him to be able to get married.’
      • ‘His job as a fisherman brought in some money, and most was spent on beer.’
      • ‘As of this writing the sale has brought in vastly more money than anticipated.’
      • ‘They may not have liked this, but work brought in money regardless of where or who it came from.’
      • ‘In the short term it brought in some money and it attached the Civil Service to the state.’
      • ‘Asking for an extra 10% isn't at all cheeky if you brought in a lot of extra revenue over the last twelve months.’
      • ‘Turn out lots of crummy products in a short amount of time to bring in some fast money.’
      • ‘If nothing else, the popularity of the television show has brought a large amount of money into the town.’
      • ‘For that reason, certain models in good condition are hard to find and may bring prices that exceed $30,000.’
      • ‘To have your condition labelled as a disease may bring considerable benefit.’
      earn, make, bring in, fetch, yield, net, gross
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    4. 1.4Cause (someone or something) to move in a particular direction.
      ‘he brought his hands out of his pockets’
      ‘heavy rain brought down the ceiling’
      • ‘If either one of you needs more assistance, bring your hands behind you and interlock fingers with her.’
      • ‘Gail accompanied the tempo, bringing the sword slowly back in both hands.’
      • ‘Gentle traction downward on the head will assist in bringing the anterior shoulder beneath the symphysis.’
      • ‘With speed that only a few could accomplish the girl brought the tip of her sword to the ugly man's neck.’
      • ‘Touched, Lucas brought his arms around his body even tighter - hugging him, kissing him, claiming him.’
    5. 1.5Cause (something)
      ‘the bad weather brought famine’
      • ‘The four-wheel drive system brings its own background noise, too.’
      • ‘Losing two or more drives brings operations quickly to a halt.’
      • ‘To stand up and not swing brings you great results.’
      • ‘This beautiful and joyful occasion also brings me tears, but for many different reasons.’
      • ‘Monsoons and typhoons, over-riding normal conditions, bring periods of heavy rain.’
      • ‘He also points out that weak conditions can bring advantages, such as buying equipment more cheaply.’
      • ‘Failure to obtain a licence or breach of licensing conditions can bring heavy fines.’
      • ‘The extended period of damage was probably brought on by the cool/wet growing conditions.’
      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.

    ‘an economic policy that would have brought the country to bankruptcy’
    ‘I'll give you an aspirin to bring down your temperature’
    • ‘Dementia is a progressive and disabling condition that brings turmoil and anguish to those involved.’
    • ‘Whether these conditions exist or not depends on an agent bringing them into existence.’
    • ‘In hard conditions bold and decisive actions of even small groups can bring success.’
    • ‘And obviously if we can assist in bringing stability and relief to the area we will do that.’
    • ‘Big Tech traditionally hasn't been a leader in the drive to bring accountability to health care.’
    • ‘The lower gods can either assist people or bring misfortune to them.’
    • ‘It also brings drive latency down to just two milliseconds.’
    • ‘Some find that certification also brings a sense of accomplishment and greater job satisfaction.’
    • ‘She missed her town, the familiar roads and buildings she drove past brought comfort to her.’
    • ‘They also felt that providing care brought a sense of accomplishment.’
    • ‘Thinkers have developed the diagram to bring the structure of these problems into view.’
    • ‘It created community and brought us together in a common front.’
    • ‘The activities of the organization occasionally brought it into conflict with Government.’
    • ‘The incorporation of film segments from Brooks' career was a nice touch that brings context to the play’
    • ‘A man sits in a square of light, the occasional exploratory movement bringing life to an otherwise empty space.’
    • ‘We have no choice but to bring our science into touch with our conscience.’
    • ‘Will the next generation of leadership bring peace to the volatile situation?’
    • ‘An occasional farmer brought damaged land back to fertility.’
    • ‘The onset of World War I effectively brought clinical research to a standstill in Europe.’
    • ‘Then went on to create a legacy that brought fear, loathing, and shame to anyone associated with it.’
  • 3Initiate (legal action) against someone.

    ‘riot and conspiracy charges should be brought against them’
    • ‘Valid criminal charges could be brought against the Church, and prosecuted, now, as I will explain.’
    • ‘There are very different degrees of seriousness to the charges that can be brought against a prisoner.’
    • ‘Until the end of the Second World War, legal proceedings could not be brought against the Crown as of right.’
    • ‘No legal action can be brought against a forest that falls below standards; the only threat is loss of certification.’
    • ‘These will now be examined to see if any charges are to be brought against those served with search warrants.’
    • ‘What tort claims, if any, could be brought against those who were involved in the torture.’
    • ‘An action may also be brought against the Commission for failure to act under Article 232.’
    • ‘If a claim has to be brought against an untraced motorist there are special conditions which apply.’
    • ‘A claim for contribution can only be brought against a person liable in respect of the same damage.’
    • ‘The present proceedings have been brought against the Fund accordingly.’
    • ‘That section is concerned with private law, for example claims in tort brought against doctors.’
    • ‘This is a charge frequently brought against pickets.’
    • ‘Any charge ever brought against him resulted in an acquittal.’
    • ‘But how did that conduct encourage you to bring your action?’
    • ‘On the insolvency, the company brought an action against the bank for knowing receipt.’
    • ‘It created a tribunal to bring war criminals to justice.’
    • ‘The discoveries did not proceed and the present motion was brought resulting in a further delay of 4 months.’
    • ‘Thus I conclude that requirement to serve a demand is a procedural condition precedent to bringing proceedings.’
    • ‘A condition for bringing an annulment action under Article 230 is that the applicant has standing.’
    • ‘Plus, state and federal courts require that civil plaintiffs pay a fee to the court as a condition of bringing the suit.’
    • ‘Similarly, suppose a patient brings a lawsuit that puts her psychiatric condition directly at issue.’
    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’
    • ‘I forced the inevitable because I can't bring myself to compromise.’
    • ‘At first she was sure that he couldn't bring himself to mention the letter and let her down gently.’
    • ‘It has half a bad novel inside it so I've never quite brought myself to throw it out.’
    • ‘I do wish she could have brought herself to write at least once, ‘Oh, he makes me so mad!’’
    • ‘He hesitates, looking particularly grave, and finally brings himself to utter the shameful words.’
    • ‘If he brings himself to watch it on video, the answer can be found in the remarkable deeds of 15 men in white.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Stuart has a hard time bringing himself to use the toilet his dad's ashes were flushed down.’
    • ‘It's like the old car that you just can't bring yourself to give up.’
    • ‘If you can't bring yourself to try out for the talent show, sign up for the backstage crew and learn about lighting.’
    • ‘By the end, you cannot even bring yourself to look into the mirror.’
    • ‘If you can't bring yourself to laugh at violence you should steer clear.’
    • ‘Getting past the cheap shots, you can't bring yourself to dislike this album or write it off completely.’
    • ‘This person is the object of your affection, but you are passive and can't bring yourself to ask them out.’
    • ‘Then be as sweet as you can bring yourself to be, and see if you can take now what's still there.’
    • ‘I say this because so many people cannot bring themselves to formulate an opinion, let alone an informed one.’
    • ‘I appreciate that you agree with my basic premise, but I can't bring myself to agree with yours.’
    • ‘I just can't bring myself to care about you or your stupid tears.’
    • ‘That was a crime, and I cannot bring myself to vote for a criminal.’
    • ‘I can barely bring myself to leave the television turned on when he appears.’
    • ‘No doubt all this is relatively important in its way, but I can't bring myself to get very interested in it.’
    force oneself to, make oneself, bear to
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Phrases

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

      • ‘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/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 the house down
    • Make an audience laugh or applaud very enthusiastically.

      ‘he could bring the house down with his dry humour’
      • ‘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.’
    bring something to bear
    • 1Exert influence or pressure so as to achieve a particular result.

      ‘they brought pressure to bear on him to resign’
      ‘she had reservations about how much influence she could bring to bear’
      • ‘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
    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.’
    what brings you here?
    • For what reason have you come here?

      ‘so what brings you here at this time of night?’
      • ‘I'd like to know what brings you here at this hour of the night?’
      • ‘Sit down, man, and tell me what brings you here.’
      • ‘Now kindly state what brings you here.’
      • ‘I can imagine I know what brings you here.’
      • ‘Hey sweet pea, what brings you here?’
      • ‘Thomas smiled, "Well what brings you here?"’
      • ‘What brings you here in such state, Mr Darcy?’
      • ‘So pray, do inform me what brings you here.’
      • ‘May I ask what brings you here at so late an hour?’
      • ‘What brings you here so early on a Monday morning?’
    bring something to the table (or party)
    • Contribute something of value to a discussion, project, etc.

      ‘consultants who can bring strategic thinking to the table’
      • ‘The question to ask is "what does each side bring to the table?"’
      • ‘David's intelligence should, in theory, complement what Chappell brings to the table.’
      • ‘Of course, simply bringing more women to the table will not eliminate all sexism in the news.’
      • ‘In selecting one candidate over another, an employer always needs to assess what each "brings to the table."’
      • ‘In the primary process, one of the things that you bring to the table is your foreign policy resume.’
      • ‘Collaborations take place precisely because different scientists bring different skills to the table.’
      • ‘There just is nothing, I think, that she brings to the table that he's going to need.’
      • ‘They have to negotiate, even if they bring more to the table and can demand greater concessions.’
      • ‘A skilled guitarist and percussionist, he brings compelling songs to the table as well.’
      • ‘If all we bring to the table is talk and good will, our conversation will lead nowhere.’

Phrasal Verbs

    bring something about
    • 1Cause something to happen.

      ‘she brought about a revolution in psychoanalysis’
      • ‘Well, he got involved with the actual methods of bringing this revolution about.’
      • ‘The important consideration is how those changes are implemented, how they are brought about and made effective.’
      • ‘What results have been brought about by this decision-making framework?’
      • ‘Sometimes these punishments are deserved but often they are brought about by unfortunate circumstances.’
      • ‘It does mean that further changes in our laws will be brought about only through the normal legislative process.’
      • ‘Some changes had been brought about in Headquarters.’
    • 2Cause 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 something back
    • 1Reintroduce something.

      ‘bringing back capital punishment would solve nothing’
      • ‘The Chief Minister proposes to bring the zing back into the capital's nightlife’
      • ‘When capital starts to flee, it can be brought back by tax cuts, deregulation, privatization, etc.’
      • ‘She will bring the policy back for review in about two weeks.’
      • ‘The last state to bring back the death penalty was New York in 1995.’
      • ‘The leader intends to bring back martial law and he makes plans for the arrest of his opponents.’
      1. 1.1Cause something to return.
        ‘the smell of the tiny church brought back every memory of my childhood’
        • ‘To start with Louis embarked on a policy to bring the Huguenots back to the Catholic Church.’
        • ‘Pictures of Jonathon and me were hanging all over the tree house bringing the memories back harder then ever.’
        • ‘Laughter filled the lodge as happy memories were brought back.’
        • ‘Not especially courageous of me, I know, but I was just not ready to bring those memories back to the surface.’
        • ‘It was over and I wasn't going to relive old memories to try to bring it back.’
    bring someone/something down
    • Cause someone or something 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 someone down
    • 1Cause someone to lose power.

      ‘the vote will not bring down the government’
      • ‘She fervently hoped to see Arlan lose, to bring him down from atop his pedestal.’
      • ‘After more than 400 years of power, the Kingdom was brought down by invading armies.’
      • ‘There is the potential to upset the balance in the industry and bring this company down.’
      1. 1.1Cause someone to fall over, especially by tackling them during a football or rugby match.
        ‘Harris was brought down by Palmer on the edge of the box’
        • ‘Sean laughed and chased me, bringing me down with a rugby tackle a short distance away.’
        • ‘The tackle brought him down and they both fell to the floor with a thump.’
        • ‘She barreled into me and brought me down, knocking the wind out of me.’
        • ‘He then spun Glenn about and then brought him down into the wooden floor with a powerful swing.’
        • ‘As he swung him around, Bill tripped him to bring him down on his back.’
        • ‘Agent 547 knocked the gun from his hands and brought him down.’
      2. 1.2Make someone unhappy.
        ‘she was in such a good mood I couldn't bear to bring her down’
        • ‘I thought that maybe it was Peter's depression bringing her down.’
        • ‘These members bring me down more then any of the issues from the last two years.’
        • ‘Not winning will depress his fans more than it will bring him down, because his despair is constant.’
        • ‘She didn't want to bring Frank down… but she was still hopelessly depressed.’
        • ‘The stars seemed to have lost their glitter, and the night shiver brought me down.’
    bring something forth
    archaic
    • Give birth to something.

      ‘why does Elsbeth not bring forth a child?’
      • ‘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’
    bring something in
    • 1Introduce a new law or product.

      ‘Congress brought in reforms to prevent abuse of presidential power’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2(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.’
    bring someone off
    • 1Rescue someone from a ship in difficulties.

      ‘‘Any men been brought off yet?’ Joe asked one of the fishermen on the beach’
      • ‘It is a matter of deep regret that I was unable to bring off the four or five who were left, in spite of my efforts.’
      • ‘Jack received orders to try and bring off any of the crews which might have escaped from the wrecked ships.’
    • 2vulgar slang Give someone or oneself an orgasm.

    bring something forward
    • 1Move 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.’
    • 2(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.’
    • 3Propose 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.’
    bring someone on
    • Encourage someone who is learning something to develop or improve.

      ‘Mr Edom 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.’
    bring someone out
    • 1Encourage someone to feel more confident.

      ‘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.’
    • 2British Cause someone to go on strike.

      ‘protest aimed at bringing out the miners who were still at work’
      • ‘To bring out the workers who did not respond to the initial strike call, the union introduced a new tactic.’
      • ‘They spoke to the strikers and called on them to go to the nearby enterprises and bring out the workers there.’
    bring something off
    • Achieve something successfully.

      ‘a good omelette 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.’
    bring something on
    • 1Cause something, typically something unpleasant, to occur.

      ‘ulcers are not brought on by a rich diet’
      • ‘Occasionally the blockage is brought on by spasm of the muscle walls of the coronary arteries.’
      • ‘Is there a precipitating event that brings it on?’
      • ‘The next step is to visualize this image whenever a situation brings on negative emotions.’
      • ‘Stress also brings on illness.’
      • ‘It's this invasion of pollen that brings on serious allergies.’
      1. 1.1bring something on/uponBe responsible for something unpleasant that happens to (oneself or someone else)
        ‘he's brought it upon himself—he's not a victim’
        • ‘The country has brought its own fate upon itself.’
        • ‘Some have said we have brought the current troubles upon ourselves.’
        • ‘There's not much indication here that they brought their own doom upon them.’
        • ‘Sometimes, he really brought these things upon himself.’
        • ‘Are you glad that you brought this terror upon us all?’
    • 2(of the weather) promote the growth of crops.

      • ‘I would speculate that the cool weather we experienced the last three weeks brought them on.’
      • ‘Chocolate bloom develops naturally with time, but it can be brought on prematurely.’
      • ‘The combination of an early spring and warm sunny weather brought on ripening, and harvesting at the end of February.’
      • ‘Early spring has brought on crops of wheat and oilseed rape about a month in advance of normal.’
      • ‘Warm weather has brought on a lot of home-grown crops.’
    bring something to
    • Cause a boat to stop, especially by turning into the wind.

      • ‘The helmsman complied, bringing the ship to.’
      • ‘When she was about eighty yards from the shoreline she swung the boat head to the wind bringing it to.’
      • ‘Still following the landing waypoints Rick brought the cruiser to.’
      • ‘We fired at her to bring her to.’
    bring something out
    • 1Produce and launch a new product or publication.

      ‘the band are bringing out a video’
      • ‘But the question you need to ask is why this product was brought out at all if the other was such a sure winner.’
      • ‘The company built a reputation for itself bringing games out for an established fan base.’
      • ‘If consecutive volumes of such publications are not brought out timely, they may lose their importance.’
      • ‘Doubtless when we're all old, grey and retired, someone'll dig it all up and bring it out on video.’
      • ‘The tune will be brought out on a CD later in the year.’
    • 2Make something more evident; emphasize something.

      ‘the shawl brings out the colour of your eyes’
      • ‘Her eyes were like her name, two emeralds and her light green eye shadow brought their beautiful color out.’
      • ‘It must have been the dress that brought the colour out.’
      • ‘Lauren had blue eyes anyway and she needed something neutral to bring the color out in them.’
      • ‘She was still pale, and the color of her dress really brought it out.’
      • ‘She was highlighted in the muted glow, bringing her features out in sharp contrasts.’
    bring someone round
    • 1Restore someone to consciousness.

      ‘she administered artificial respiration and brought him round’
      • ‘He spent six days in a coma at a specialist unit before doctors brought him round.’
      • ‘He managed to bring her round by talking to her and holding her but she couldn't move.’
      • ‘The flash of the camera brought me round from my trance.’
      • ‘The flash of the camera brought me round from my trance.’
      • ‘She had brought him round and helped him home.’
      • ‘He died, we couldn't bring him round, the lifeguards shocked him and everything.’
      • ‘He opened his eyes blearily before she slapped him to bring him round.’
    • 2Persuade someone to agree to something.

      ‘she's not keen, but I think I can bring her round’
      • ‘He had to use all of his influence to bring his colleague round to recommend a Yes vote.’
      • ‘His ‘sympathetic’ yet bumbling persona brings us round to his point of view.’
      • ‘‘I think he's the fellow to bring them round,’ he said.’
      • ‘They hope that I may be able to bring you round to their side.’
      • ‘I hope I can bring him round to realizing that we aren't necessarily evil.’
    bring something up
    • 1Vomit 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.’
    • 2Raise a matter for discussion or consideration.

      ‘she tried repeatedly to bring up the subject of money’
      • ‘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.’
    bring up
    • (chiefly 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.’
    bring someone to
    • Restore someone to consciousness.

    bring someone up
    • 1Look 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 particular behaviour or attitudes.
        ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bring

/brɪŋ/