American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To carry, convey, lead, or cause to go along to another place: brought enough money with me.
- v. To carry as an attribute or contribution: You bring many years of experience to your new post.
- v. To lead or force into a specified state, situation, or location: bring the water to a boil; brought the meeting to a close.
- v. To persuade; induce: The defendant's testimony brought others to confess.
- v. To get the attention of; attract: Smoke and flames brought the neighbors.
- v. To cause to occur as a consequence or concomitant: Floods brought destruction to the valley. For many, the fall brings hayfever.
- v. To cause to become apparent to the mind; recall: This music brings back memories.
- v. Law To advance or set forth (charges) in a court.
- v. To sell for: a portrait that brought a million dollars.
- around To cause to adopt an opinion or take a certain course of action.
- around To cause to recover consciousness.
- bring down To cause to fall or collapse.
- bring down To kill.
- bring forth To give rise to; produce: plants bringing forth fruit.
- bring forth To give birth to (young).
- bring forward To present; produce: bring forward proof.
- bring forward Accounting To carry (a sum) from one page or column to another.
- bring in Law To give or submit (a verdict) to a court.
- bring in To produce, yield, or earn (profits or income).
- bring off To accomplish: bring off a successful advertising campaign.
- bring on To cause to appear: brought on the dessert.
- bring out To reveal or expose: brought out the facts.
- bring out To introduce (a debutante) to society.
- bring out To produce or publish: bring out a new book.
- bring out To nurture and develop (a quality, for example) to best advantage: You bring out the best in me.
- bring to To cause to recover consciousness.
- bring to Nautical To cause (a ship) to turn into the wind or come to a stop.
- bring up To take care of and educate (a child); rear.
- bring up To introduce into discussion; mention.
- bring up To vomit.
- bring up To cause to come to a sudden stop.
- idiom. bring down the house To win overwhelming approval from an audience.
- idiom. bring home To make perfectly clear: a lecture that brought home several important points.
- idiom. bring home the bacon To earn a living, especially for a family.
- idiom. bring home the bacon To achieve desired results; have success.
- idiom. bring to bear To exert; apply: bring pressure to bear on the student's parents.
- idiom. bring to bear To put (something) to good use: "All of one's faculties are brought to bear in an effort to become fully incorporated into the landscape” ( Barry Lopez).
- idiom. bring to light To reveal or disclose: brought the real facts to light.
- idiom. bring to mind To cause to be remembered: Thoughts of fishing brought to mind our youth.
- idiom. bring to (one's) knees To reduce to a position of subservience or submission.
- idiom. bring to terms To force (another) to agree.
- idiom. bring up the rear To be the last in a line or sequence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bear, convey, or take along in coming; take to the place where the receiver is, or where the bearer stays or abides; fetch: as, bring it hither, or to me; to bring a book home.
- To cause to come or accrue; be the means of conveying possession of; impart; devolve upon: as, the transaction brought great profit; his wife brought him a large dowry.
- To cause to come or pass, as to a new place, state, or condition; impel; draw on; lead: as, to bring one to a better mind.
- To aid in coming or passing, as to one's home or destination; conduct; attend; accompany.
- To convey or put forth as a product; bear or be the bearer of; yield: as, the land brings good harvests.
- To convey to the mind or knowledge; make known on coming, or coming before one; bear or impart a declaration of.
- To fetch or put forward before a tribunal; make a presentation of; institute; declare in or as if in court: as, to bring an action or an indictment against one; the jury brought the prisoner in guilty.
- To cause to become; make to be.
- To cause to fall; hence, of game, to kill.
- To bring to light; disclose; reveal.
- To adduce: as, to bring forward arguments in support of a scheme.
- To impress upon the feeling; cause to be felt: as, he brought it home to them very vividly; in preaching, strive to bring the truth home to the hearers.
- To supply; furnish; yield: especially used in speaking of a revenue, rent, or income produced from a certain source.
- To introduce; especially, to introduce to the notice of a legislature: as, to bring in a bill.
- To place in a particular condition or station.
- (et) To reduce within the limits of law and government.
- To procure to be acquitted; clear from condemnation; cause to escape. To dissuade; change, as from an opinion or purpose; cause to abandon.
- To cause to begin: as, to bring on a battle.
- To originate or cause to exist: as, to bring on a disease.
- To induce; lead on.
- To find by calculation or argument; deduce; infer.
- To publish: as, to bring out a new edition of a book.
- To convert by persuasion or other means; draw to a new party; cause to change sides or an opinion.
- The Protestant clergy will find it perhaps no difficult matter to bring great numbers over to the church.
- To lead up to in an indirect manner: as, he brought round the conversation to his favorite topic.
- To recover, as from a swoon.
- Nautical: To heave to; force (another ship) to heave to or stop. To bend (a sail) to its yard or gaff.
- To bring into range, or the range of: as, to bring a gun to bear upon a target.
- In printing, to give the proper light and shade to, as a print of an engraving, by means of a suitable distribution of pressure in the press, produced by overlays; also, to equalize the pressure upon, as any part of a form on a press, by underlaying it with cardboard or paper
- In lithography, to make apparent; make visible, as a drawing or a greasy spot upon the stone
- To rear; nurture; care for during adolescence: used with reference to the needs of both the body and the mind.
- To introduce to notice or consideration: as, to bring up a subject in conversation. To cause to advance near: as, to bring up forces, or the reserves.
- Nautical, to stop (a ship's headway) by letting go an anchor or by running her ashore. To pull up (a horse); cause to stop: often with short; as, he brought up his horse short (that is, caused it to stop suddenly); hence, figuratively, to stop suddenly in any career or course of action; bring before a magistrate; pull up.
- v. transitive To transport toward somebody/somewhere.
- v. transitive, figuratively To supply or contribute.
- v. transitive To raise (a lawsuit, charges, etc.) against somebody.
- v. baseball To pitch, often referring to a particularly hard thrown fastball.
- interj. The sound of a telephone ringing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To convey to the place where the speaker is or is to be; to bear from a more distant to a nearer place; to fetch.
- v. To cause the accession or obtaining of; to procure; to make to come; to produce; to draw to.
- v. To convey; to move; to carry or conduct.
- v. To persuade; to induce; to draw; to lead; to guide.
- v. To produce in exchange; to sell for; to fetch; as, what does coal
- v. attract the attention of
- v. take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
- v. cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
- v. cause to come into a particular state or condition
- v. be accompanied by
- v. advance or set forth in court
- v. go or come after and bring or take back
- v. bring into a different state
- v. be sold for a certain price
- v. induce or persuade
- v. bestow a quality on
- Onomatopeia (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bringen, from Old English bringan; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Now that Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as the new Israeli Prime Minister, what kind of impact will his new title bring to Mid-East Peace developments?”
“Christmas has come and gone and we are still picking figurative tinsel out of our hair, even as we move forward into a difficult week, clinging to the hangover of joy so that whatever pain the next few days bring is blunted by its residue.”
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