Definition of bring in English:

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Pronunciation: /briNG/

verb (past brought /brôt/)

1 [with object] Come to a place with (someone or something): she brought Luke home from the hospital [with two objects]: Liz brought her a glass of water
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  • 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.
escort, conduct, guide, lead, usher, show, shepherd
1.1Cause (someone or something) to come to a place: what brings you here? a felony case brought before a jury figurative his inner confidence has brought him through his ordeal
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  • 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.
carry, fetch, bear, take;
convey, transport, tote;
move, haul, shift, lug
1.2Make (someone or something) move in a particular direction or way: he brought his hands out of his pockets heavy rain brought down part of the ceiling
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  • 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.
1.3Cause (something): the bad weather brought famine her letter brought forth a torrent of criticism
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  • 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.
cause, produce, create, generate, precipitate, lead to, give rise to, result in;
stir up, whip up, promote
literary beget
1.4Cause (someone or something) to be in or change to a particular state or condition: I’ll give you some aspirin to bring down his temperature his approach brought him into conflict with government
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  • 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.
1.5 (bring someone in) Involve (someone) in a particular activity: he has brought in a consultant
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  • 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.
1.6Initiate (legal action) against someone: riot and conspiracy charges should be brought against them
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  • 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.
put forward, prefer, lay, submit, present, initiate, institute
1.7 [usually with negative] (bring oneself to do something) Force oneself to do something unpleasant or distressing: she could not bring herself to mention it
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  • 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.
force oneself to, make oneself, bear to
1.8Cause 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
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  • 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.
earn, make, fetch, bring in, yield, net, gross, return, produce;
command, attract



bring home the bacon

see bacon.

bring something home to someone

see home.

bring the house down

Make an audience respond with great enthusiasm, typically as shown by their laughter or applause.
Example sentences
  • 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.

bring something into play

Cause something to begin operating or to have an effect; activate.
Example sentences
  • He must not let himself begin guessing, bringing his subjectivity into play.
  • Interacting with others routinely brings multiple perspectives into play, and thus demands coordination and reflection.
  • Pushing pawns not only gives you more space, it also brings the Rooks into play.

bring it (on)

informal Used to express confidence in meeting a challenge: if you want to fight me so bad, bring it on!
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  • 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 something to bear

1Exert influence or pressure so as to cause a particular result: he was released after pressure had been brought to bear by the aid agencies
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  • 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.
2Aim a weapon: he brought his rifle to bear on a distant target
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  • 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 someone to book

see book.

bring something to light

see light1.

bring someone/something to mind

Cause one to remember or think of someone or something: all that marble brought to mind a mausoleum
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  • 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?

bring something to pass

chiefly literary Cause something to happen.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Phrasal verbs


bring something about

1Cause something to happen: she brought about a revolution
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  • The effect of inbreeding on disease levels in a host population can be brought about in two different ways.
2Cause a ship to head in a different direction.
Example sentences
  • 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.
cause, produce, give rise to, result in, lead to, occasion, bring to pass;
provoke, generate, engender, precipitate, bring on
formal effectuate

bring something back

Cause something to return.
Example sentences
  • 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.
remind one of, put one in mind of, bring/call to mind, conjure up, evoke, summon up
2.1Reintroduce something: bringing back capital punishment would solve nothing
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  • 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.
reintroduce, reinstate, reestablish, revive, resurrect

bring someone down

Cause someone to fall over, especially by tackling them during a football game or rugby match.
Example sentences
  • 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.
trip, knock over, knock down;
3.1Cause someone to lose power: the vote will not bring down the government
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  • 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.
unseat, overturn, topple, overthrow, depose, oust
3.2Make someone unhappy.
Example sentences
  • 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.
depress, sadden, upset, get down, dispirit, dishearten, discourage

bring someone/something down

Cause an animal or person to fall over by shooting them.
Example sentences
  • 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.
4.1Cause an aircraft or bird to fall from the sky by shooting it.
Example sentences
  • Commercial airlines have been brought down by military aircraft and missiles.
  • The Pentagon says it doesn't appear the aircraft was brought down by hostile fire.
  • As the jet descended to land, it was brought down by two missiles.

bring something forth

archaic or literary Give birth to: why does Elsbeth not bring forth a child?
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  • 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.

bring something forward

1Move a meeting or event to an earlier date or time.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 (often as adjective brought forward) In bookkeeping, transfer a total sum from the bottom of one page to the top of the next: a profit and loss balance brought forward of $5,000,000
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  • 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.
3Propose a plan, subject, or idea for consideration.
Example sentences
  • 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.
propose, suggest, advance, raise, present, move, submit, lodge

bring something in

1Introduce something, especially a new law or product: Congress brought in reforms to prevent abuse of presidential power
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  • 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.
2Make or earn a particular amount of money: their fund-raising efforts have brought in more than $1 million
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  • Finding advertising is one of the ways I could bring some money in.
  • While playing my viola brought in a lot of cash, it also made me the biggest nerd at my school.
  • Her profession of political image consultant brought in a good salary and gave her a healthy investment portfolio.
3(Of a jury) give a decision in court: the jury brought in a unanimous verdict
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  • 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

1Be rescued from a ship in difficulties.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 vulgar slang Give someone or oneself an orgasm.

bring something off

Achieve something successfully: a good omelet is very hard to bring off
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  • 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.

bring someone on

Encourage someone who is learning something to develop or improve at a faster rate.
Example sentences
  • 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.

bring something on

Cause something, typically something unpleasant, to occur or develop: ulcers are not brought on by a rich diet
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  • 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.
(bring something on/upon)11.1 Be responsible for something, typically something unpleasant, that happens to oneself or someone else: the doom that he has brought upon himself
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  • 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.

bring someone out

1Encourage one to feel more confident or sociable: she needs friends to bring her out of herself
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  • ‘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.
2Introduce (a young woman) formally into society.
Example sentences
  • He had been pushing more and more to bring her out into society and make her a princess.
3Introduce (a homosexual) into the homosexual subculture.
Example sentences
  • The book is his attempt to bring the man out of the closet.
  • I would be his friend in a sexual relationship, but I would not try to bring him out.
  • She resisted the attempts of the press to bring her out of the closet.

bring something out

Produce and launch a new product or publication: the band is bringing out a video
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  • 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.
launch, establish, begin, start, found, set up, instigate, inaugurate, market;
publish, print, issue, produce
13.1Make something more evident; emphasize something: the shawl brings out the color of your eyes he brought out the best in his team
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  • 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.
accentuate, highlight, emphasize, accent, set off

bring someone around

1Restore someone to consciousness.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2Persuade someone to do something, especially to adopt one’s own point of view: my wife has brought me around to eating broiled grouper
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  • 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.

bring someone to

Restore someone to consciousness.

bring something to

Cause a boat to stop, especially by turning into the wind.
Example sentences
  • 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.

bring up

(Chiefly of a ship) come to a stop.
Example sentences
  • 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 up

Look after a child until it is an adult.
Example sentences
  • 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.
rear, raise, care for, look after, nurture, provide for;
(be brought up)18.1 Be taught as a child to adopt particular behavior or attitudes: he had been brought up to believe that marriage was forever
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  • 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.

bring something up

1Vomit something.
Example sentences
  • 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 marriage
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  • 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.



Example sentences
  • Do you see yourself as a bringer of enlightenment?
  • The bringer is always way worse than the person who actually ruins the party.
  • He seems to think of us as meddlers and bringers of danger.


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

Words that rhyme with bring

Beijing, bing, Chungking, cling, ding, dingaling, fling, I Ching, king, Kunming, ling, Ming, Nanjing, Peking, ping, ring, sing, Singh, sling, spring, sting, string, swing, Synge, thing, ting, wing, wring, Xining, zing

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