verb (used with object), brought, bring·ing.
- to carry, convey, conduct, or cause (someone or something) to come with, to, or toward the speaker: Bring the suitcase to my house. He brought his brother to my office.
- to cause to come to or toward oneself; attract: Her scream brought the police. He brought honor to his family by his heroism.
- to cause to occur or exist: The medication brought instant relief.
- to cause to come into a particular position, state, or effect: to bring the car to a stop.
- to cause to appear or occur in the mind; evoke or recall: The letter brought her memories of youth.
- to persuade, convince, compel, or induce: She couldn’t bring herself to sell the painting.
- to sell for; fetch: These lamps will bring a good price.
- Law. to commence: to bring an action for damages.
- bring about, to accomplish; cause: Land reform brought about a great change in the lives of the common people.
- bring around/round,
- to convince of a belief or opinion; persuade: I think we can bring him around to agreeing with the plan.
- to restore to consciousness, as after a faint.
- to bring as a visitor: They brought around a new employee this morning.
- bring down,
- to injure, capture, or kill: He brought down several ducks on his last hunting trip.
- to lessen; reduce: I won’t buy that lamp unless they bring down the price.
- Slang.to cause to be in low spirits; depress: The bad news brought him down.
- bring forth,
- to give birth to; deliver; bear: to bring forth a son.
- to give rise to; introduce: to bring forth a proposal for reducing costs.
- bring forward,
- to bring to view; show.
- to present for consideration; adduce: to bring forward an opinion.
- bring in,
- to yield, as profits or income: My part-time job doesn’t bring in much, but I enjoy it.
- to present officially; submit: The jury brought in its verdict.
- to cause to operate or yield: They brought in a gusher on his property.
- to present for consideration, approval, etc.; introduce: She brought in six new members last month.
- bring off, to accomplish, carry out, or achieve (something): He brought off his speech with ease.
- bring on,
- to cause to happen or exist; bring about: This incident will surely bring on a crisis.
- to introduce; cause to appear: Bring on the clowns.
- bring out,
- to expose; reveal.
- to make noticeable or conspicuous in a contrast.
- to publish, as a book or play.
- to introduce officially into society: to bring out a debutante.
- bring to,
- to bring back to consciousness; revive.
- Nautical.to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt.
- bring up,
- to care for during childhood; rear.
- to introduce or mention for attention, discussion, action, or consideration.
- to vomit.
- to stop or cause to stop quickly: to bring up a car at the curb.
- Nautical.(of a vessel) to cause to halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; fetch up.
verb (tr, adverb)
- to produce or publish or have publishedwhen are you bringing out a new dictionary?
- to expose, reveal, or cause to be seenshe brought out the best in me
- to encourage (a shy person) to be less reserved (often in the phrase bring (someone) out of himself or herself)
- British (of a trade union, provocative action by management, misunderstanding, etc) to cause (workers) to strike
- (foll by in) to cause (a person) to become covered (with spots, a rash, etc)
- British to introduce (a girl) formally into society as a debutante
verb brings, bringing or brought (tr)
- to carry, convey, or take (something or someone) to a designated place or personbring that book to me; will you bring Jessica to Tom’s party?
- to cause to happen or occur to (oneself or another)to bring disrespect on oneself
- to cause to happen as a consequenceresponsibility brings maturity
- to cause to come to mindit brought back memories
- to cause to be in a certain state, position, etcthe punch brought him to his knees
- to force, persuade, or make (oneself)I couldn’t bring myself to do it
- to sell for; fetchthe painting brought 20 pounds
- to institute (proceedings, charges, etc)
- to put (evidence, etc) before a tribunal
- bring forth to give birth to
- bring home to
- to convince ofhis account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
- to place the blame on
- bring to bear See
Old English bringan “to bring, bring forth, produce, present, offer” (past tense brohte, past participle broht), from Proto-Germanic *brenganan (cf. Old Frisian brenga, Middle Dutch brenghen, Old High German bringan, Gothic briggan); no exact cognates outside Germanic, but it appears to be from PIE root *bhrengk-, compound based on root *bher- (1) “to carry” (cf. Latin ferre; see ).
The tendency to conjugate this as a strong verb on the model of sing, drink, etc., is ancient: Old English also had a rare strong past participle form, brungen, corresponding to modern colloquial brung. To bring down the house figuratively (1754) is to elicit applause so thunderous it collapses the roof.
Expose or reveal; make conspicuous. For example, His book brought out some new facts about the war, or Her photographs bring out the play of light on her subjects. [Late 1500s]
Nurture or develop a quality, as in A gifted teacher brings out the best in pupils. [c. 1700]
Present to the public. For example, The publisher decided to bring out this dictionary in a single volume, or Debutantes traditionally are brought out at a ball. [c. 1800]