bring up

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tr.v. brought (brôt), bring·ing, brings
1. To carry, convey, lead, or cause to go along to another place: brought enough money with me.
2. To carry as an attribute or contribution: You bring many years of experience to your new post.
3. To lead or force into a specified state, situation, or location: bring the water to a boil; brought the meeting to a close.
a. To persuade; induce: The defendant's testimony brought others to confess.
b. To get the attention of; attract: Smoke and flames brought the neighbors.
a. To cause to occur as a consequence: Floods brought destruction to the valley.
b. To cause to occur as a concomitant: For many, the fall brings hay fever.
6. To cause to become apparent to the mind; recall: This music brings back memories.
7. To advance or set forth (charges) in a court.
8. To be sold for: a portrait that brought a million dollars.
Phrasal Verbs:
bring about
1. To cause (something) to happen: a speech that brought about a change in public opinion.
2. Nautical To cause (a ship or boat) to head in a different direction.
bring around (or round)
1. To cause to adopt an opinion or take a certain course of action.
2. To cause to recover consciousness.
bring down
1. To cause to fall or collapse: a shot that brought down a bird; a demolition crew that brought down a building.
2. To force to the ground, as by tackling.
3. To cause to lose power or leave office: The scandal brought down the prime minister.
4. To kill.
5. To disappoint or dispirit: The cancellation of the ballgame brought us down.
bring forth
1. To give rise to; produce: plants bringing forth fruit.
2. To give birth to (young).
bring forward
1. To present; produce: bring forward proof.
2. Accounting To carry (a sum) from one page or column to another.
bring in
1. Law To give or submit (a verdict) to a court.
2. 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
a. To reveal or expose: brought out the facts.
b. To introduce (a debutante) to society.
2. To produce or publish: bring out a new book.
3. To nurture and develop (a quality, for example) to best advantage: You bring out the best in me.
bring to
1. To cause to recover consciousness.
2. Nautical To cause (a ship) to turn into the wind or come to a stop.
bring up
1. To take care of and educate (a child); rear.
2. To introduce into discussion; mention.
3. To vomit.
4. To cause to come to a sudden stop.
bring down the house
To win overwhelming approval from an audience.
bring home
To make perfectly clear: a lecture that brought home several important points.
bring home the bacon
1. To earn a living, especially for a family.
2. To achieve desired results; have success.
bring to bear
1. To exert; apply: bring pressure to bear on the student's parents.
2. 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).
bring to light
To reveal or disclose: brought the real facts to light.
bring to (one's) knees
To reduce to a position of subservience or submission.
bring to terms
To force (another) to agree.
bring up the rear
To be the last in a line or sequence.

[Middle English bringen, from Old English bringan; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

bring′er n.
Usage Note: The difference between bring and take is one of perspective. Bring indicates motion toward the place from which the action is regarded—typically toward the speaker—while take indicates motion away from the place from which the action is regarded—typically away from the speaker. Thus from a customer's perspective, the customer takes checks to the bank and brings home cash, while from the banker's perspective the customer brings checks to the bank in order to take away cash. When the point of reference is not the place of speaking itself, either verb is possible, but the correct choice still depends on the desired perspective. For example, The labor leaders brought their requests to the mayor's office suggests a point of view centered around the mayor's office, while The labor leaders took their requests to the mayor's office suggests a point of view centered around the labor leaders. Be aware that the choice of bring or take determines the point of view emphasized. For example, a parent sitting at home may say of a child, She always takes a pile of books home with her from school, describing the situation from the child's viewpoint leaving school. If the viewpoint shifts to the speaker, bring becomes appropriate, as in Look, I see her coming right now, and she's bringing a whole armful of books!
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bring up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to care for and train (a child); rear: we had been brought up to go to church.
2. to raise (a subject) for discussion; mention
3. (Pathology) to vomit (food)
4. (foll by against) to cause (a person) to face or confront
5. (foll by to) to cause (something) to be of a required standard
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

bring up

1. 'bring up'

When you bring up children, you look you look after them throughout their childhood, as their parent or guardian.

Tony was brought up in a working-class family.
When my parents died, my grandparents brought me up.
2. 'raise'

Raise can be used to mean bring up.

Lynne raised three children on her own.
They want to get married and raise a family.
3. 'educate'

Don't confuse bring up or raise with educate. When children are educated, they are taught different subjects over a long period, usually at school.

Many more schools are needed to educate the young.
He was educated in an English public school.
Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bring up - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magicbring up - summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, damn, imprecate, maledict, curse - wish harm upon; invoke evil upon; "The bad witch cursed the child"
bless - give a benediction to; "The dying man blessed his son"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke - evoke or provoke to appear or occur; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
2.bring up - bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"
fledge - feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
cradle - bring up from infancy
foster - bring up under fosterage; of children
3.bring up - promote from a lower position or rank; "This player was brought up to the major league"
elevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade, advance, raise - give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
4.bring up - raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"
get up - cause to rise; "The sergeant got us up at 2 A.M."
jack, jack up - lift with a special device; "jack up the car so you can change the tire"
shoulder - lift onto one's shoulders
kick up - cause to rise by kicking; "kick up dust"
hoist, wind, lift - raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
trice, trice up - raise with a line; "trice a window shade"
run up, hoist - raise; "hoist the flags"; "hoist a sail"
hoist - move from one place to another by lifting; "They hoisted the patient onto the operating table"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
pump - raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
levitate - cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity; "The magician levitated the woman"
underlay - raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type; "underlay the plate"
skid - elevate onto skids
pinnacle - raise on or as if on a pinnacle; "He did not want to be pinnacled"
chin, chin up - raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
leaven, prove, raise - cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread"
heighten - increase the height of; "The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars"
boost, hike, hike up - increase; "The landlord hiked up the rents"
gather up, lift up, pick up - take and lift upward
erect, rear - cause to rise up
5.bring up - cause to come to a sudden stop; "The noise brought her up in shock"
stop - cause to stop; "stop a car"; "stop the thief"
6.bring up - put forward for consideration or discussion; "raise the question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic"
cite, mention, refer, advert, name, bring up - make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
7.bring up - make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
have in mind, think of, mean - intend to refer to; "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"
commend, remember - mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship; "Remember me to your wife"
speak of the devil - mention someone's name who just then appears
remember - mention favorably, as in prayer; "remember me in your prayers"
quote, cite - refer to for illustration or proof; "He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"
touch on - refer to or discuss briefly
invoke, appeal - cite as an authority; resort to; "He invoked the law that would save him"; "I appealed to the law of 1900"; "She invoked an ancient law"
namedrop - refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them
bring up, raise - put forward for consideration or discussion; "raise the question of promotions"; "bring up an unpleasant topic"
drag up, dredge up - mention something unpleasant from the past; "Drag up old stories"
cross-refer - refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists
8.bring up - cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes; "boot your computer"
resuscitate, revive - cause to regain consciousness; "The doctors revived the comatose man"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1. To cause to come along with oneself:
2. To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way:
4. To achieve (a certain price).Also used with in:
phrasal verb
bring aboutphrasal verb
bring around or round
1. To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way:
2. To cause to come back to life or consciousness:
phrasal verb
bring down
1. To cause to fall, as from a shot or blow:
Slang: deck.
Idiom: lay low.
2. To bring about the downfall of:
phrasal verb
bring forth
To give birth to:
Chiefly Regional: birth.
Idiom: be brought abed of.
phrasal verb
bring in
To make as income or profit:
phrasal verb
bring off
To bring about and carry to a successful conclusion:
Informal: swing.
phrasal verb
bring onphrasal verb
bring out
To present for circulation, exhibit, or sale:
phrasal verb
bring up
1. To take care of and educate (a child):
2. To put forward (a topic) for discussion:
3. To call or direct attention to something:
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vt sep
(to a higher place) → heraufbringen; (to the front) → her-/hinbringen ? rear
(= raise, increase) amount, reserveserhöhen (→ to auf +acc); level, standardsanheben; to bring somebody up to a certain standardjdn auf ein gewisses Niveau bringen
(= rear) child, animalgroß- or aufziehen; (= educate)erziehen; a well/badly brought-up childein gut/schlecht erzogenes Kind; to bring somebody up to do somethingjdn dazu erziehen, etw zu tun; he was brought up to believe that …man hatte ihm beigebracht, dass …
(= vomit up)brechen; (esp baby, patient)spucken (inf)
(= mention) fact, problemzur Sprache bringen, erwähnen; do you have to bring that up?müssen Sie davon anfangen?
(Jur) to bring somebody up (before a judge)jdn (einem Richter) vorführen
(Mil) battalionheranbringen ? rear
to bring somebody up shortjdn innehalten lassen
to bring somebody up against somethingjdn mit etw konfrontieren
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(briŋ) past tense, past participle brought (broːt) verb
1. to make (something or someone) come (to or towards a place). I'll bring plenty of food with me; Bring him to me!
2. to result in. This medicine will bring you relief.
bring about
to cause. His disregard for danger brought about his death.
bring back
to (cause to) return. She brought back the umbrella she borrowed; Her singing brings back memories of my mother.
bring down
to cause to fall. The storm brought all the trees down.
bring home to
to prove or show (something) clearly to (someone). His illness brought home to her how much she depended on him.
bring off
to achieve (something attempted). They brought off an unexpected victory.
bring round
to bring back from unconsciousness. Fresh air brought him round.
bring up
1. to rear or educate. Her parents brought her up to be polite.
2. to introduce (a matter) for discussion. Bring the matter up at the next meeting.

bring towards the speaker: Mary, bring me some coffee .
take away from the speaker: Take these cups away .
fetch from somewhere else and bring to the speaker: Fetch me my book from the bedroom .
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

bring up

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