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 waterMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 ordealMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 ceilingMore example sentences
- 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 criticismMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 governmentMore example sentences
- 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 consultantMore example sentences
- 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 themMore example sentences
put forward, prefer, lay, submit, present, initiate, institute
- 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.
- 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 itMore example sentences
force oneself to, make oneself, bear to
- 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.
- 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 $150,000More example sentences
- 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.
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.More 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.More 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!More example sentences
- 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 agenciesMore example sentences
- 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 targetMore example sentences
- 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 mausoleumMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
bring something about
- 1Cause something to happen: she brought about a revolutionMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
bring something back
- Cause something to return.More example sentences
remind one of, put one in mind of, bring/call to mind, conjure up, evoke, summon up
- 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.
- Reintroduce something: bringing back capital punishment would solve nothingMore example sentences
- 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.
bring someone down
- Cause someone to fall over, especially by tackling them during a football game or rugby match.More example sentences
trip, knock over, knock down; foul
- 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.
- Cause someone to lose power: the vote will not bring down the governmentMore example sentences
- 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.
- Make someone unhappy.More 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.
bring someone/something down
- Cause an animal or person to fall over by shooting them.More 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.
- Cause an aircraft or bird to fall from the sky by shooting it.More 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?More example sentences
- 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.More 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 $5,000,000More example sentences
- 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.More 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.
bring something in
- 1Introduce something, especially a new law or product: Congress brought in reforms to prevent abuse of presidential powerMore example sentences
- 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 millionMore example sentences
- 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 verdictMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
bring something off
- Achieve something successfully: a good omelet is very hard to bring offMore example sentences
- 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.More 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 dietMore example sentences
- 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) Be responsible for something, typically something unpleasant, that happens to oneself or someone else: the doom that he has brought upon himselfMore example sentences
- 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 herselfMore example sentences
- ‘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.More 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.More 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 videoMore example sentences
- 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.
- Make something more evident; emphasize something: the shawl brings out the color of your eyes he brought out the best in his teamMore example sentences
- 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.
bring someone around
- 1Restore someone to consciousness.More 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 grouperMore example sentences
- 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 something to
- Cause a boat to stop, especially by turning into the wind.More 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.
- (Chiefly of a ship) come to a stop.More 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.More 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.
- (be brought up) Be taught as a child to adopt particular behavior or attitudes: he had been brought up to believe that marriage was foreverMore example sentences
- 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.More 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 marriageMore example sentences
- 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.
- More 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.