Definition of bring up in English:

bring up

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phrasal verb

  • 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.’
    rear, raise, care for, take care of, look after, nurture, provide for
    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.’
    mention, allude to, touch on, raise, broach, introduce
  • 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.’
    vomit, retch
  • 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.’