Definition of bring in English:

bring

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Pronunciation: /brɪŋ
 
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verb (past and past participle brought /brɔːt/)

[with object]
1Take or go with (someone or something) to a place: she brought Luke home from 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.
Synonyms
conduct, escort, guide, lead, usher, show, show someone the way, lead the way, pilot, accompany; shepherd, herd, drive, convoy; see, help, assist
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.
Synonyms
1.2 (bring someone in) Involve (someone) in a particular activity: he has brought in a consultancy company
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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.
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1.3Cause 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.
Synonyms
earn, make, bring in, fetch, yield, net, gross; command, attract, realize, secure, return, produce
1.4Cause (someone or something) to move in a particular direction: he brought his hands out of his pockets heavy rain brought down 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.
1.5Cause (something): the bad weather brought famine
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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.
Synonyms
2Cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or condition: an economic policy that would have brought the country to bankruptcy I’ll give you an aspirin to bring down your temperature
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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.
3Initiate (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.
Synonyms
put forward, prefer, propose, present, submit, lay, initiate, introduce, institute, moot
4 [usually with negative] (bring oneself to do something) Force oneself to do something unpleasant: 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.
Synonyms
force oneself to, make oneself, bear to

Origin

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

Phrases

bring home the bacon

see bacon.

bring something home to

see home.

bring the house down

Make an audience laugh or applaud very enthusiastically: he could bring the house down with his dry humour
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  • 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 it on

informal Used to express confidence in meeting a challenge.
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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 achieve a particular result: they brought pressure to bear on him to resign she had reservations about how much influence she could bring to bear
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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.
Synonyms
apply, exert, administer, implement, use, exercise, employ, utilize, practise, put into practice, execute, prosecute, enact, carry out, put to use, bring into effect/play
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/thing 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?
Synonyms
remind one of, cause one to remember, make one think of, cause one to remember, put one in mind of, take one back to, bring/call to mind, awake one's memories of, evoke, call up, conjure up, summon up

bring something to pass

chiefly literary Cause something to happen: any man must at some point question whether it is chance or fate that brings things to pass
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  • 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 to the table (or party)

Contribute something of value to a discussion, project, etc. consultants who can bring strategic thinking to the table
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  • The question to ask is "what does each side bring to the table?"
  • David's intelligence should, in theory, complement what Chappell brings to the table.
  • Of course, simply bringing more women to the table will not eliminate all sexism in the news.

what brings you here?

For what reason have you come here? so what brings you here at this time of night?
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  • I'd like to know what brings you here at this hour of the night?
  • Sit down, man, and tell me what brings you here.
  • Now kindly state what brings you here.

Phrasal verbs

bring something about

1Cause something to happen: she brought about a revolution in psychoanalysis
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  • Well, he got involved with the actual methods of bringing this revolution about.
  • The important consideration is how those changes are implemented, how they are brought about and made effective.
  • What results have been brought about by this decision-making framework?
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2Cause a ship to head in a different direction: he brought the ship about in a stylish tack
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  • 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.
Synonyms
turn, turn round/around, reverse, reverse the direction of, change the direction of

bring something back

Reintroduce 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.
Synonyms
Cause something to return: the smell of the tiny church brought back every memory of my childhood
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  • 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.
Synonyms
remind one of, put one in mind of, bring/call to mind, cause one to recall, make one think of, take one back to, awaken (one's) memories of; conjure up, suggest, evoke, summon up, call up

bring someone down

Cause 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.
Synonyms
overthrow, depose, oust, unseat, overturn, topple, cause to fall, pull down, lay low
Cause someone to fall over, especially by tackling them during a football or rugby match: Harris was brought down by Palmer on the edge of the box
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  • 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.
Synonyms
Make someone unhappy: she was in such a good mood I couldn’t bear to bring her down
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  • 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.
Synonyms
depress, sadden, make sad/unhappy, upset, cast down, get down, make desolate, deject, dispirit, dishearten, discourage, weigh down, dampen the spirits of, oppress

bring someone/thing down

Cause someone or something to fall over by shooting them: too bad he couldn’t bring the bear down with a clean shot
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  • 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.

bring something forth

archaic Give birth to something: 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: the congress has been brought forward by a year
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  • 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 or idea for consideration: I realize that when I bring forward proposals they will have to be judged on their merits
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  • 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.
Synonyms

bring something in

1Introduce 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.
Synonyms
introduce, launch, inaugurate, initiate, put in place, institute, usher in; propose, suggest, submit, present, move, moot, file, lodge
2(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

1Rescue someone from a ship in difficulties: ‘Any men been brought off yet?’ Joe asked one of the fishermen on the beach
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  • 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 omelette 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.
Synonyms

bring someone on

Encourage someone who is learning something to develop or improve: Mr Edom thought well of him, and was bringing him on
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  • 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

1Cause something, typically something unpleasant, to occur: 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.
Synonyms
cause, be the cause of, make happen, bring about, give rise to, begin, create, produce, originate, occasion, effect, engender, spawn, lead to, result in, precipitate, provoke, trigger (off), spark (off), touch off, stir up, whip up, induce, foster
literary enkindle
1.1 (bring something on/upon) Be responsible for something unpleasant that happens to (oneself or someone else): he’s brought it upon himself—he’s not a victim
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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.
2(Of the weather) promote the growth of crops.
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  • I would speculate that the cool weather we experienced the last three weeks brought them on.
  • Chocolate bloom develops naturally with time, but it can be brought on prematurely.
  • The combination of an early spring and warm sunny weather brought on ripening, and harvesting at the end of February.

bring someone out

1Encourage someone to feel more confident: 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.
2British Cause someone to go on strike: protest aimed at bringing out the miners who were still at work
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  • To bring out the workers who did not respond to the initial strike call, the union introduced a new tactic.
  • They spoke to the strikers and called on them to go to the nearby enterprises and bring out the workers there.

bring something out

1Produce and launch a new product or publication: the band are 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.
Synonyms
launch, establish, begin, start, found, set up, open, get going, get under way, initiate, instigate, institute, inaugurate, market; publish, print, issue, produce
informal churn out, kick off
2Make something more evident; emphasize something: the shawl brings out the colour of your eyes
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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.
Synonyms
accentuate, call attention to, make evident, highlight, emphasize, give prominence to, underline, accent, foreground, throw into relief

bring someone round (or US around)

1 (also bring someone to) Restore someone to consciousness: she administered artificial respiration and brought him round
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  • 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.
Synonyms
wake up, return to consciousness, rouse, arouse, bring to
2Persuade someone to agree to something: she’s not keen, but I think I can bring her round
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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.
Synonyms

bring something to

Cause a boat to stop, especially by turning into the wind.
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  • 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.
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  • 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: she was partly brought up by her maternal grandparents
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  • 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.
Synonyms
rear, raise, care for, take care of, look after, nurture, provide for; develop, mother, parent, foster, breed; educate, train, instruct
(be brought up) Be taught as a child to adopt particular behaviour 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: fortunately I brought up the poison
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  • 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 money
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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.

Derivatives

bringer

noun
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  • 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.

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