Definition of bring in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘We're going to bring you the results in just a few minutes.’
    • ‘He brought gifts with him as befits a visiting uncle.’
    • ‘Bring a tree field guide to help you distinguish species.’
    • ‘Timothy brought me the rhinoceros-hide whip that decorated the otherwise bare walls of his shed.’
    • ‘We are bringing you the only guide you need to know what's hot.’
    • ‘To help you get back on track, the magazine brings you the spring guide to complete wellness.’
    • ‘This half-day guided tour will bring them right onto the golden sand dunes of Arabia in four-wheel drives.’
    • ‘Perhaps your friend can conduct units which bring professionals into the classroom to work on interesting projects.’
    • ‘Prospective parents can travel to India or arrange for an escort to bring their adopted child home.’
    • ‘Let us watch as his twisted assistant brings him foreboding news’
    • ‘He came in a rented vehicle from Tikal, bringing a hired tour guide and a camera.’
    • ‘He assisted me in bringing the two into our house.’
    • ‘Brenna beamed and quickly brought her a glass.’
    • ‘Tracy lit a fire and poured two glasses of wine and brought them over to Ryan on the couch.’
    • ‘Kit brought her wine glass to her lips and took a sip.’
    • ‘It's always a good idea to bring extra pairs of glasses or lenses if you have them.’
    • ‘Now she runs an escort agency bringing men and women together.’
    • ‘I moved in next door to her and she made me pudding and brought it over to my house.’
    • ‘Sometimes when Geoff goes shepherding, he brings a novice dog.’
    • ‘In an emergency, my son could drive up and bring us home.’
    • ‘That juror apparently printed out the documents and brought them into the jury room as well.’
    • ‘She noticed that I was awake, and brought me a glass of water.’
    conduct, escort, guide, lead, usher, show, show someone the way, lead the way, pilot, accompany
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    1. 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’
      • ‘For example, what is it about the Philip Glass' music which brings you back to him?’
      • ‘He dined or drank at The Beet three or four times a week and brought in lots of new customers.’
      • ‘It also had a sizable fleet of extra buses that could be brought in for emergencies.’
      • ‘But what has been brought in are behavioral experts and demeanor experts.’
      • ‘Whatever reason they did this for, those two guys need to be brought in.’
      • ‘They're not allowed to see each other, so she has to leave, and then he'll be brought in right after this.’
      • ‘While new recruits are being brought in, a lot of more experienced people are getting restless, and gone.’
      • ‘A short drive brings you north to Florence, or south, more energetically, to Bologna or Sienna.’
      • ‘An Alberta promoter is bringing a new style of festival to Canada.’
      • ‘The joy driving brought me was so great that I was almost thankful I'd left it so long to learn.’
      • ‘The pilot brought the shuttle gently to rest in the clearing.’
      • ‘I always assumed that a CEO from the outside was going to be brought in.’
      • ‘There had been talk among their generals to bring her here before, but none had dared to touch her.’
      • ‘But the reaction Smith received when he brought in the local FBI office was more puzzling.’
      • ‘It brought in major fundraising money and it brought in every girl to ogle the male contestants.’
      • ‘The collaboration brought father and son closer than ever.’
      • ‘It had been only a month after they had first been brought in here, and all five had been locked up in the same cell.’
      • ‘The wizard who brought us here undoubtedly created this place.’
      • ‘This mixture effectively brought me into the feeling of the play.’
      • ‘The circulating nurse also suggests that another surgeon be brought in to assist the operating surgeon.’
      • ‘The other acts are going to be brought in through witness testimony.’
      • ‘The glass roof brought sunlight down and illuminated the blue walls.’
      • ‘Given the acting chops of most of the leads, the stunt doubles should have been brought in for the dramatic bits too.’
      • ‘We just need to create a structure to bring them together.’
      • ‘He's effective in bringing groups of Iraqis together, something he's done for many years.’
      carry, fetch, bear, take
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    2. 1.2Involve (someone) in a particular activity.
      ‘he has brought in a consultancy company’
      • ‘The reliever was brought in to secure the victory.’
      • ‘And consultants from Vietnam would be brought in to advise the government.’
      • ‘He brings Bart in on a lot of his schemes.’
      • ‘Thousands of inexperienced foreign workers have been brought in.’
      • ‘The Philharmonia Orchestra has been brought in to underpin the major concerts.’
      • ‘But he wasn't brought in simply for his professionalism.’
      • ‘She was brought in to help the university take the next step in improving its graduate program.’
      • ‘He could be brought in as a production and distribution partner.’
      • ‘And finally they brought someone in to help me through that period.’
      • ‘Jo was brought in as directorial consultant, whatever that means.’
      • ‘If you can't hire a consultant, then bring someone in and give him the pieces of authority one at a time.’
      • ‘So if they hadn't have brought Anton in to do this I'd have never have found that out.’
      • ‘Couldn't they have been brought in for some clean-up?’
      • ‘So Carole was brought in for a proper photo shoot and the now famous photograph was taken.’
      • ‘Ask yourself, ‘If this scheme is guaranteed to produce spectacular returns, why bring me in on it?’’
      • ‘It's pretty clear he was brought in as an eleventh-hour replacement.’
      • ‘Bilal demanded to know why he had been brought in.’
      • ‘We get into the sport because we are brought in as youngsters.’
      • ‘When he was brought in to command the Second Army, he was well received by the men.’
      • ‘Seagrave is brought in at full back, as Roberts is unavailable.’
      involve, include, count in, take in
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    3. 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’
      • ‘To have your condition labelled as a disease may bring considerable benefit.’
      • ‘It brought in money that would likely not have come to Berkeley otherwise.’
      • ‘His books brought in an amazing income stream.’
      • ‘This summer is shaping up to bring record amounts of money in ticket sales.’
      • ‘Turn out lots of crummy products in a short amount of time to bring in some fast money.’
      • ‘The coffee shops were going to be open even longer as the commuters brought in much money even in the early hours.’
      • ‘They may not have liked this, but work brought in money regardless of where or who it came from.’
      • ‘Public lectures, gala events, and renting out premises also brought certain amounts of money.’
      • ‘If nothing else, the popularity of the television show has brought a large amount of money into the town.’
      • ‘For that reason, certain models in good condition are hard to find and may bring prices that exceed $30,000.’
      • ‘They brought in enough money for him to be able to get married.’
      • ‘In the short term it brought in some money and it attached the Civil Service to the state.’
      • ‘Over in China a young woman made a movie that hadn't brought in very much money.’
      • ‘His job as a fisherman brought in some money, and most was spent on beer.’
      • ‘Asking for an extra 10% isn't at all cheeky if you brought in a lot of extra revenue over the last twelve months.’
      • ‘These brought in little income and proved a great headache to manage.’
      • ‘As of this writing the sale has brought in vastly more money than anticipated.’
      • ‘With ridership that quickly surpassed expectations, they also brought in profits.’
      • ‘Their boxed lunches brought in enough money that Arthur could begin saving again in earnest.’
      • ‘Still, all of her mother's odd jobs never brought in enough money, and her family had to make difficult changes.’
      earn, make, bring in, fetch, yield, net, gross
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    4. 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’
      • ‘With speed that only a few could accomplish the girl brought the tip of her sword to the ugly man's neck.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If either one of you needs more assistance, bring your hands behind you and interlock fingers with her.’
      • ‘Touched, Lucas brought his arms around his body even tighter - hugging him, kissing him, claiming him.’
    5. 1.5Cause (something)
      ‘the bad weather brought famine’
      • ‘Monsoons and typhoons, over-riding normal conditions, bring periods of heavy rain.’
      • ‘The extended period of damage was probably brought on by the cool/wet growing conditions.’
      • ‘The four-wheel drive system brings its own background noise, too.’
      • ‘Failure to obtain a licence or breach of licensing conditions can bring heavy fines.’
      • ‘To stand up and not swing brings you great results.’
      • ‘He also points out that weak conditions can bring advantages, such as buying equipment more cheaply.’
      • ‘Losing two or more drives brings operations quickly to a halt.’
      • ‘This beautiful and joyful occasion also brings me tears, but for many different reasons.’
      cause, make happen, bring about, bring on, give rise to, create, produce, result in, wreak, effect, engender, occasion, generate, lead to, precipitate, kindle, touch off, stir up, whip up, promote, contribute to
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  • 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’
    • ‘It also brings drive latency down to just two milliseconds.’
    • ‘An occasional farmer brought damaged land back to fertility.’
    • ‘A man sits in a square of light, the occasional exploratory movement bringing life to an otherwise empty space.’
    • ‘She missed her town, the familiar roads and buildings she drove past brought comfort to her.’
    • ‘Big Tech traditionally hasn't been a leader in the drive to bring accountability to health care.’
    • ‘Will the next generation of leadership bring peace to the volatile situation?’
    • ‘In hard conditions bold and decisive actions of even small groups can bring success.’
    • ‘Thinkers have developed the diagram to bring the structure of these problems into view.’
    • ‘We have no choice but to bring our science into touch with our conscience.’
    • ‘And obviously if we can assist in bringing stability and relief to the area we will do that.’
    • ‘They also felt that providing care brought a sense of accomplishment.’
    • ‘Then went on to create a legacy that brought fear, loathing, and shame to anyone associated with it.’
    • ‘The activities of the organization occasionally brought it into conflict with Government.’
    • ‘Whether these conditions exist or not depends on an agent bringing them into existence.’
    • ‘It created community and brought us together in a common front.’
    • ‘The onset of World War I effectively brought clinical research to a standstill in Europe.’
    • ‘Some find that certification also brings a sense of accomplishment and greater job satisfaction.’
    • ‘The incorporation of film segments from Brooks' career was a nice touch that brings context to the play’
    • ‘The lower gods can either assist people or bring misfortune to them.’
    • ‘Dementia is a progressive and disabling condition that brings turmoil and anguish to those involved.’
  • 3Initiate (legal action) against someone.

    ‘riot and conspiracy charges should be brought against them’
    • ‘An action may also be brought against the Commission for failure to act under Article 232.’
    • ‘A claim for contribution can only be brought against a person liable in respect of the same damage.’
    • ‘What tort claims, if any, could be brought against those who were involved in the torture.’
    • ‘A condition for bringing an annulment action under Article 230 is that the applicant has standing.’
    • ‘Any charge ever brought against him resulted in an acquittal.’
    • ‘But how did that conduct encourage you to bring your action?’
    • ‘There are very different degrees of seriousness to the charges that can be brought against a prisoner.’
    • ‘This is a charge frequently brought against pickets.’
    • ‘Until the end of the Second World War, legal proceedings could not be brought against the Crown as of right.’
    • ‘Valid criminal charges could be brought against the Church, and prosecuted, now, as I will explain.’
    • ‘These will now be examined to see if any charges are to be brought against those served with search warrants.’
    • ‘The present proceedings have been brought against the Fund accordingly.’
    • ‘That section is concerned with private law, for example claims in tort brought against doctors.’
    • ‘Thus I conclude that requirement to serve a demand is a procedural condition precedent to bringing proceedings.’
    • ‘The discoveries did not proceed and the present motion was brought resulting in a further delay of 4 months.’
    • ‘If a claim has to be brought against an untraced motorist there are special conditions which apply.’
    • ‘Plus, state and federal courts require that civil plaintiffs pay a fee to the court as a condition of bringing the suit.’
    • ‘Similarly, suppose a patient brings a lawsuit that puts her psychiatric condition directly at issue.’
    • ‘It created a tribunal to bring war criminals to justice.’
    • ‘No legal action can be brought against a forest that falls below standards; the only threat is loss of certification.’
    • ‘On the insolvency, the company brought an action against the bank for knowing receipt.’
    put forward, prefer, propose, present, submit, lay, initiate, introduce, institute, moot
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  • 4[usually with negative] Force oneself to do something unpleasant.

    ‘she could not bring herself to mention it’
    • ‘I just can't bring myself to care about you or your stupid tears.’
    • ‘If you can't bring yourself to laugh at violence you should steer clear.’
    • ‘It has half a bad novel inside it so I've never quite brought myself to throw it out.’
    • ‘That was a crime, and I cannot bring myself to vote for a criminal.’
    • ‘I say this because so many people cannot bring themselves to formulate an opinion, let alone an informed one.’
    • ‘I forced the inevitable because I can't bring myself to compromise.’
    • ‘Then be as sweet as you can bring yourself to be, and see if you can take now what's still there.’
    • ‘If he brings himself to watch it on video, the answer can be found in the remarkable deeds of 15 men in white.’
    • ‘I can barely bring myself to leave the television turned on when he appears.’
    • ‘If you can't bring yourself to try out for the talent show, sign up for the backstage crew and learn about lighting.’
    • ‘I appreciate that you agree with my basic premise, but I can't bring myself to agree with yours.’
    • ‘I do wish she could have brought herself to write at least once, ‘Oh, he makes me so mad!’’
    • ‘He hesitates, looking particularly grave, and finally brings himself to utter the shameful words.’
    • ‘It's like the old car that you just can't bring yourself to give up.’
    • ‘No doubt all this is relatively important in its way, but I can't bring myself to get very interested in it.’
    • ‘This person is the object of your affection, but you are passive and can't bring yourself to ask them out.’
    • ‘Getting past the cheap shots, you can't bring yourself to dislike this album or write it off completely.’
    • ‘By the end, you cannot even bring yourself to look into the mirror.’
    • ‘At first she was sure that he couldn't bring himself to mention the letter and let her down gently.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Stuart has a hard time bringing himself to use the toilet his dad's ashes were flushed down.’
    force oneself to, make oneself, bear to
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  • bring home the bacon

    • 1Supply material support.

      ‘I have to go to work because it brings home the bacon’
      • ‘She is an anachronistic caricature - from a time when mothers stayed home baking while fathers brought home the bacon - who seems out of place in this day and age.’
      • ‘Anyway his wife doesn't have a job, nevermind a career… of course this guy is worried, he has to bring home the bacon after all.’
      • ‘Men were providers, hunter gatherer types, strong personalities, fixing stuff, bringing home the bacon and sometimes the whole pig too.’
      • ‘It is his steady investment in companies that are building the next generation Internet infrastructure technology that has been bringing home the bacon and a lot more.’
      • ‘But it isn't the only recent movie to measure its maker's personal losses against the lasting achievements of his dad - the one who brought home the bacon and the pain.’
      • ‘That translated into high productivity growth, which has brought home the bacon, basically, for the Australian economy.’
      • ‘A mother or father who is already suffering an agonising death from cancer, worrying themselves sick about what will happen to their family, when there is no one left to bring home the bacon.’
      • ‘If a couple wants to live along entirely traditional lines, that's fine with me, just as it is if the man stays home while his spouse brings home the bacon.’
      • ‘A former pig farmer proved that there is more than one way of bringing home the bacon when he changed his career to the graphics industry.’
      • ‘Mommy still needs to be gainfully employed so that she can bring home the bacon.’
    • 2Achieve success.

      ‘you don't have to be in a high-tech industry to bring home the bacon’
      • ‘In this respect your escape has been a public relations victory, you've brought home the bacon, your critics have taken a roasting - and you've made a lot of headline writers happy.’
      • ‘A local porker brought home the bacon when she trotted off with a national title at an agricultural show.’
      • ‘Sven's heroes can look forward to a potential tie against the boys from Brazil after bringing home the bacon against Denmark today.’
      • ‘Millions of football fans are hoping England will bring home the bacon in their second-round World Cup match against Denmark today.’
      • ‘The former actor-turned-writer has certainly brought home the bacon in his play!’
      • ‘He brings home the bacon in his outrageously over-the-top performance, an electric storm that puts the shock into rock'n'roll.’
      • ‘But, in an election year, when there's so much pressure to bring home the bacon, you see it a lot more often, Lou.’
      • ‘Second was held by Josh and Jake brought home the bacon with a first-place win.’
      • ‘After all, this was supposed to be England's best chance in 40 years of bringing home the bacon.’
      • ‘He definitely brought home the bacon as the final act, leaving the audience rolling.’
      succeed, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, get ahead, reach the top, become famous, achieve recognition, distinguish oneself, set the world on fire
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  • bring something home to

    • Make (someone) realize the full significance of something.

      ‘her first-hand account brought home to me the pain of the experience’
      • ‘Emblazoned on the side of buses, the adverts use text message style English to ensure the advice is brought home to York youngsters.’
      • ‘But on a more serious note Mr Flanagan said being in jail brought many things home to him about the underprivileged who tend to make up the majority of the prisoners.’
      • ‘He said the deaths brought the war home to the community.’
      • ‘Maybe this tragedy will bring it home to similarly minded people that this is nothing to do with class struggle.’
      • ‘But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport.’
      • ‘Perhaps the bitter experience of the stock market, which fell by over 60% in the past few months, has brought that point home to all concerned.’
      • ‘Mr Grant, defending, said: ‘Mr Harper is full of remorse and the breakdown of his relationship has brought his alcoholism home to him.’’
      • ‘The horror of the situation was brought home to me by the story of one mother who I worked with.’
      • ‘Two recent revelations brought this point home to me in a significant way.’
      • ‘‘It really brought it home to people and they realised just how dangerous chip pan fires can be if not dealt with correctly,’ said Mr Hancock.’
      make someone realize, make someone understand, make someone aware of, make someone conscious of, make something clear to someone, drive home, press home, impress upon someone, draw attention to, focus attention on, point up, underline, highlight, spotlight, foreground, emphasize, stress
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  • bring the house down

    • Make an audience laugh or applaud very enthusiastically.

      ‘he could bring the house down with his dry humour’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each movement or action on the stage is so funny that they bring the house down.’
      • ‘Lucy's impromptu solos always brought the house down.’
  • bring it on

    • informal Used to express confidence in meeting a challenge.

      • ‘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’
      • ‘Another way that pressure can be brought to bear on offending nations is through economic sanctions.’
      • ‘The symptoms of decay in the government were obvious before this influence was brought to bear.’
      • ‘By ensuring that a solicitor deals with the transaction, we can be certain that no undue influence was brought to bear on the homeowner.’
      • ‘Evidently such power is very helpful to bring his influence to bear.’
      • ‘How do we measure when or how Australia should bring its influence to bear in faraway conflicts?’
      • ‘Political and personal influences could be brought to bear on the police bureaucracy to obtain desired assignments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus a wealth of cultural and culinary influences have been brought to bear on the Armenians.’
      • ‘We need schools, guidance counselors and parents to bring their influence to bear.’
      apply, exert, administer, implement, use, exercise, employ, utilize, practise, put into practice, execute, prosecute, enact, carry out, put to use, bring into effect, bring into play
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    • 2Aim a weapon.

      ‘he brought his rifle to bear on a distant target’
      • ‘Burchfield brought his guns to bear early in the Preface, with a broadside against the very book that he was editing.’
      • ‘This was the only suitable spot for bringing our guns to bear on the enemy, to assist in the attack.’
      • ‘The others all brought their weapons up to bear.’
  • bring someone to book

    • Officially punish someone or call them to account for their behaviour.

      ‘the murderer will be found and brought to book’
      • ‘It's good that he has been brought to book and sends out a strong message to others.’
      • ‘When we find them, we'll bring them to book and lock them away for a long, long time.’
      • ‘And he warned the troublemakers that they would be brought to book over the next few months using evidence gathered on the night and CCTV video footage of the disorder.’
      • ‘The council should be bringing someone to book.’
      • ‘He seemed unfazed that an array of high-tech gadgetry was to be deployed in his street with the aim of bringing him to book.’
      • ‘And officers have warned the criminals that they have taken an extra special interest in bringing them to book.’
      • ‘He said: ‘They are committing environmental crimes and our dedicated enforcement teams will be using all their investigative resources to track them down and bring them to book.’’
      • ‘But they can be brought to book under legislation governing companies making false and misleading claims.’
      • ‘Officers want teachers to join them on night-time patrol so they can identify juvenile troublemakers and help bring them to book.’
      • ‘If you are found guilty of corruption, you will be brought to book.’
      scold, upbraid, berate, reprimand, reprove, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, lecture, criticize, pull up, take to task, haul over the coals, bring to book
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  • bring something to light

  • bring someone/thing to mind

    • Cause one to remember or think of someone or something.

      ‘all that marble brought to mind a mausoleum’
      • ‘This bizarre election controversy has unexpectedly brought my father to mind.’
      • ‘Yet in the event that it moves us, it does so because its bare lines still bring a picture to mind.’
      • ‘Tiny perfume bottles in delicately colored glass always brought Laura to mind.’
      • ‘Why did the girl bring Victor to mind, Sarah wonders.’
      • ‘Even the sight of Jack's face brought terrible memories to mind.’
      • ‘You might start the conversation by simply stating what brings the issue to mind.’
      • ‘Boult's recording is what brought this vision to mind.’
      • ‘It is surprising how much detail is brought to mind as you fill in the sketch.’
      • ‘I have to say, at that stage, it did bring a question to mind of, what am I doing here?’
      • ‘It was an odd chain of events that brought Willie to mind.’
      remind one of, cause one to remember, make one think of, put one in mind of, take one back to, bring to mind, call to mind, awake one's memories of, evoke, call up, conjure up, summon up
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  • bring something to pass

    • literary Cause something to happen.

      ‘any man must at some point question whether it is chance or fate that brings things to pass’
      • ‘The God who promised a new covenant has brought it to pass.’
      • ‘God has used odd people to bring his purposes to pass.’
      • ‘But there was no turning back; his hand had brought the events to pass.’
      • ‘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.’
      result in, cause, bring on, bring about, call forth, give rise to, be the cause of, make happen, create, produce, occasion, effect, engender, generate, contribute to, be conducive to, add to, be instrumental in, have a hand in, have a part in, help, promote, advance
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  • 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’
      • ‘In the primary process, one of the things that you bring to the table is your foreign policy resume.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If all we bring to the table is talk and good will, our conversation will lead nowhere.’
      • ‘There just is nothing, I think, that she brings to the table that he's going to need.’
      • ‘A skilled guitarist and percussionist, he brings compelling songs to the table as well.’
      • ‘Collaborations take place precisely because different scientists bring different skills to the table.’
      • ‘They have to negotiate, even if they bring more to the table and can demand greater concessions.’
      • ‘In selecting one candidate over another, an employer always needs to assess what each "brings to the table."’
      • ‘The question to ask is "what does each side bring to the table?"’
  • what brings you here?

    • For what reason have you come here?

      ‘so what brings you here at this time of night?’
      • ‘Now kindly state what brings you here.’
      • ‘What brings you here so early on a Monday morning?’
      • ‘I can imagine I know what brings you here.’
      • ‘Sit down, man, and tell me what brings you here.’
      • ‘So pray, do inform me what brings you here.’
      • ‘Thomas smiled, "Well what brings you here?"’
      • ‘What brings you here in such state, Mr Darcy?’
      • ‘May I ask what brings you here at so late an hour?’
      • ‘I'd like to know what brings you here at this hour of the night?’
      • ‘Hey sweet pea, what brings you here?’

Phrasal Verbs

  • bring something about

    • 1Cause something to happen.

      ‘she brought about a revolution in psychoanalysis’
      • ‘Sometimes these punishments are deserved but often they are brought about by unfortunate circumstances.’
      • ‘Some changes had been brought about in Headquarters.’
      • ‘It does mean that further changes in our laws will be brought about only through the normal legislative process.’
      • ‘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?’
      cause, create, produce, give rise to
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    • 2Cause a ship to head in a different direction.

      ‘he brought the ship about in a stylish tack’
      • ‘They sailed out to sea, brought the ship about, and entered the harbour from the East.’
      • ‘After flying a little way out he brought the ship about and slowed to the lowest throttle setting.’
      • ‘Karen brought her ship about as Joshua said, ‘Engage at will!’’
      • ‘The pilots brought their ships about and at the same time killed their thrust.’
      turn, turn around, turn round, reverse, reverse the direction of, change the direction of
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  • bring something back

    • 1Reintroduce something.

      ‘bringing back capital punishment would solve nothing’
      • ‘The last state to bring back the death penalty was New York in 1995.’
      • ‘The Chief Minister proposes to bring the zing back into the capital's nightlife’
      • ‘The leader intends to bring back martial law and he makes plans for the arrest of his opponents.’
      • ‘She will bring the policy back for review in about two weeks.’
      • ‘When capital starts to flee, it can be brought back by tax cuts, deregulation, privatization, etc.’
      reintroduce, re-establish, reinstall, reinstate, reinstitute, relaunch, revive, resuscitate, resurrect, breathe new life into
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      1. 1.1Cause something to return.
        ‘the smell of the tiny church brought back every memory of my childhood’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Not especially courageous of me, I know, but I was just not ready to bring those memories back to the surface.’
        • ‘It was over and I wasn't going to relive old memories to try to bring it back.’
        • ‘Laughter filled the lodge as happy memories were brought back.’
        remind one of, put one in mind of, bring to mind, call to mind, cause one to recall, make one think of, take one back to, awaken memories of, awaken one's memories of
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  • bring someone down

    • 1Cause someone to lose power.

      ‘the vote will not bring down the government’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She fervently hoped to see Arlan lose, to bring him down from atop his pedestal.’
      overthrow, depose, oust, unseat, overturn, topple, cause to fall, pull down, lay low
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      1. 1.1Cause 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’
        • ‘She barreled into me and brought me down, knocking the wind out of me.’
        • ‘As he swung him around, Bill tripped him to bring him down on his back.’
        • ‘He then spun Glenn about and then brought him down into the wooden floor with a powerful swing.’
        • ‘The tackle brought him down and they both fell to the floor with a thump.’
        • ‘Sean laughed and chased me, bringing me down with a rugby tackle a short distance away.’
        • ‘Agent 547 knocked the gun from his hands and brought him down.’
        foul, trip, knock over
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      2. 1.2Make someone unhappy.
        ‘she was in such a good mood I couldn't bear to bring her down’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The stars seemed to have lost their glitter, and the night shiver brought me down.’
        • ‘She didn't want to bring Frank down… but she was still hopelessly depressed.’
        • ‘Not winning will depress his fans more than it will bring him down, because his despair is constant.’
        depress, sadden, make sad, make unhappy, upset, cast down, get down, make desolate, deject, dispirit, dishearten, discourage, weigh down, dampen the spirits of, oppress
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  • 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’
      • ‘He fought his excitement, trying to line up a shot that would bring the bear down.’
      • ‘This one of the sort had a long bolt-it was for bringing a grisly bear down.’
      • ‘The shot which brought him down was fired by the owner of the pigeons.’
      • ‘The cow dodged and ran within ten or fifteen yards of them when both men fired and brought her down.’
      • ‘The shot that had brought him down had lodged in his thigh.’
  • bring something forth

    • Give birth to something.

      ‘why does Elsbeth not bring forth a child?’
      • ‘While she was great with child, she dreamed that she brought forth a babe bearing the mark of a Cross upon his breast’
      • ‘They shall curse the mothers who brought them forth.’
      • ‘The other female brought forth a child covered with the small-pox.’
      • ‘She never conceived or brought forth a child.’
      supply, give, issue, furnish, lay out, come up with, dispense, bestow, impart, produce, yield, bring forth, bear, deliver, donate, contribute, pledge, advance, spare, part with, allocate, distribute, allot, assign, put forward, put up, proffer, present, extend, render
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  • bring something forward

    • 1Move a meeting or event to an earlier date or time.

      ‘the congress has been brought forward by a year’
      • ‘The next meeting of the guild has been brought forward by one week and is taking place on Monday, December 10.’
      • ‘Recent events may well bring this date forward.’
      • ‘However, given today's tragic events it may be that that this meeting is brought forward.’
      • ‘Councillors are bringing the dates forward this spring to help them continue to set a low council tax.’
      • ‘Plus, it's brought the release date forward, which is a nice thing.’
    • 2(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’
      • ‘The company's balance sheet to December 31, 2000 showed a loss brought forward of €3.23 million.’
      • ‘Those are all issues that are brought forward and are worked on and are pushed by Democrats.’
      • ‘He did not recollect checking the details on the second page, which amount was brought forward to the first page.’
      • ‘This statement shows two entries, with a balance brought forward of $104, 192.53.’
    • 3Propose a plan or idea for consideration.

      ‘I realize that when I bring forward proposals they will have to be judged on their merits’
      • ‘They've been thinking about this for a while, though they've been lax in bringing the ideas forward.’
      • ‘When an idea for a song is brought forward by one of the members, additions to it are made by the other.’
      • ‘Inventors and entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a new fund that can help them bring their ideas forward.’
      • ‘The information you provide will let the editors know whom to contact when a story idea is brought forward.’
      • ‘After approximately half an hour, each group was asked to bring their ideas forward.’
      propose, suggest, advance, raise, put forward, table, offer, present, move, submit, prefer, lodge, adduce, come up with
      propound, proffer, posit
      mention, allude to, touch on, raise, broach, introduce
      voice, suggest, propose, submit, advance, moot, put forward, bring forward, pose, present, table, propound, air, ventilate
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  • bring something in

    • 1Introduce a new law or product.

      ‘Congress brought in reforms to prevent abuse of presidential power’
      • ‘If wine was reasonably priced, inventory would move, and new vintages could be brought in.’
      • ‘Constitutional reforms had been brought in by the Liberals.’
      • ‘A raft of new taxes could be brought in under proposals unveiled yesterday.’
      • ‘So there's a real challenge on our part as we work with retailers to bring those refrigerated products in.’
      introduce, launch, inaugurate, initiate, put in place, institute, usher in
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    • 2(of a jury) give a decision in court.

      ‘the jury brought in a unanimous verdict’
      • ‘The first claim was that he was innocent, and would continue to be, until a jury brought in a guilty verdict.’
      • ‘This time the jury brought in a decision in favor of Scott, and the defense prepared an appeal.’
      • ‘The jury brought in a verdict that the cave-in in the tunnel was due to faulty design in the timbering.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      save, save from danger, save the life of, come to the aid of
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    • 2Give someone or oneself an orgasm.

  • bring something off

    • Achieve something successfully.

      ‘a good omelette is very hard to bring off’
      • ‘It's not the kind of thing one associates with him, but he brings it off triumphantly.’
      • ‘They have brought the project off with impeccable artistic taste.’
      • ‘It is part of something that they hope they never have to do but they bring it off successfully.’
      • ‘He brings it off with a skill that you wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it.’
      • ‘They explain a lot about how shots were put together or what effects were used to bring them off.’
      • ‘The man actually responsible for bringing the whole thing off isn't even acknowledged on the big screen.’
      • ‘Rostropovich brings this live performance off most impressively.’
      • ‘He might have worked terribly hard to bring it off.’
      • ‘The only thing you're scared of is not being able to bring it off.’
      • ‘Now that he's at an age where he can genuinely strike such a pose, he can't quite bring it off.’
      achieve, accomplish, bring about, succeed in, pull off, carry off, carry through, manage, carry out
      execute, realize, perform, discharge, complete, finish, consummate, conclude, attain, engineer
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  • bring someone on

    • Encourage someone who is learning something to develop or improve.

      ‘Mr Edom thought well of him, and was bringing him on’
      • ‘When they feel it's appropriate, they'll bring her on.’
      • ‘It can dramatically reduce the cost associated with bringing somebody on to a system.’
      • ‘But this is where the publishers have brought us on.’
      • ‘There is no doubt in my mind that he will be a key part of the team that brings her on to greater heights.’
  • bring something on

    • 1Cause something, typically something unpleasant, to occur.

      ‘ulcers are not brought on by a rich diet’
      • ‘It's this invasion of pollen that brings on serious allergies.’
      • ‘Occasionally the blockage is brought on by spasm of the muscle walls of the coronary arteries.’
      • ‘Stress also brings on illness.’
      • ‘Is there a precipitating event that brings it on?’
      • ‘The next step is to visualize this image whenever a situation brings on negative emotions.’
      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, touch off, stir up, whip up, induce, foster
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      1. 1.1Be responsible for something unpleasant that happens to (oneself or someone else)
        ‘he's brought it upon himself—he's not a victim’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The country has brought its own fate upon itself.’
        • ‘Are you glad that you brought this terror upon us all?’
        • ‘Sometimes, he really brought these things upon himself.’
    • 2(of the weather) promote the growth of crops.

      • ‘I would speculate that the cool weather we experienced the last three weeks brought them on.’
      • ‘Warm weather has brought on a lot of home-grown crops.’
      • ‘Chocolate bloom develops naturally with time, but it can be brought on prematurely.’
      • ‘Early spring has brought on crops of wheat and oilseed rape about a month in advance of normal.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘I think I was a very shy kid and it really brought me out of myself.’
      • ‘I was 18 years old and shy, but my coworkers brought me out of my 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.’
      • ‘‘Thank you,’ he said encouragingly, hoping this would bring her out of her shell.’
    • 2Cause someone to go on strike.

      ‘protest aimed at bringing out the miners who were still at work’
      • ‘They spoke to the strikers and called on them to go to the nearby enterprises and bring out the workers there.’
      • ‘To bring out the workers who did not respond to the initial strike call, the union introduced a new tactic.’
  • bring something out

    • 1Produce and launch a new product or publication.

      ‘the band are bringing out a video’
      • ‘Doubtless when we're all old, grey and retired, someone'll dig it all up and bring it out on video.’
      • ‘The tune will be brought out on a CD later in the year.’
      • ‘The company built a reputation for itself bringing games out for an established fan base.’
      • ‘But the question you need to ask is why this product was brought out at all if the other was such a sure winner.’
      • ‘If consecutive volumes of such publications are not brought out timely, they may lose their importance.’
      launch, establish, begin, start, found, set up, open, get going, get under way, initiate, instigate, institute, inaugurate, market
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    • 2Make something more evident; emphasize something.

      ‘the shawl brings out the colour of your eyes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was still pale, and the color of her dress really brought it out.’
      • ‘She was highlighted in the muted glow, bringing her features out in sharp contrasts.’
      • ‘Her eyes were like her name, two emeralds and her light green eye shadow brought their beautiful color out.’
      accentuate, call attention to, make evident, highlight, emphasize, give prominence to, underline, accent, foreground, throw into relief
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  • bring someone round (or usaround)

    • 1Restore someone to consciousness.

      ‘she administered artificial respiration and brought him round’
      • ‘He managed to bring her round by talking to her and holding her but she couldn't move.’
      • ‘He spent six days in a coma at a specialist unit before doctors brought him round.’
      • ‘The flash of the camera brought me round from my trance.’
      • ‘She had brought him round and helped him home.’
      • ‘He died, we couldn't bring him round, the lifeguards shocked him and everything.’
      • ‘He opened his eyes blearily before she slapped him to bring him round.’
      wake up, return to consciousness, rouse, arouse, bring to
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    • 2Persuade someone to agree to something.

      ‘she's not keen, but I think I can bring her round’
      • ‘I hope I can bring him round to realizing that we aren't necessarily evil.’
      • ‘‘I think he's the fellow to bring them round,’ he said.’
      • ‘His ‘sympathetic’ yet bumbling persona brings us round to his point of view.’
      • ‘He had to use all of his influence to bring his colleague round to recommend a Yes vote.’
      • ‘They hope that I may be able to bring you round to their side.’
      persuade, convince, talk round, win over, sway, influence, coax, entice
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  • bring something to

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

      • ‘Still following the landing waypoints Rick brought the cruiser to.’
      • ‘When she was about eighty yards from the shoreline she swung the boat head to the wind bringing it to.’
      • ‘The helmsman complied, bringing the ship to.’
      • ‘We fired at her to bring her to.’
  • bring up

    • (chiefly of a ship) come to a stop.

      • ‘‘Stern all’, Shouted the mate as the boat brought up against some object which we had not been able to see.’
      • ‘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.’
  • bring someone up

    • 1Look after a child until it is an adult.

      ‘she was partly brought up by her maternal grandparents’
      • ‘He really had only one parent bringing him up for most of his life because his mother passed away when he was 12.’
      • ‘I learned his father was killed at Dunkirk, and, one of five children, he was brought up by his mother.’
      • ‘Abandoned by the stricken father, Paolo had been brought up in his mother's home.’
      • ‘Since Rebecca's death, her son Jordan has been brought up by her mother and sisters.’
      • ‘Born in Manchester of Welsh parents, he was brought up in Wales after the early death of his father.’
      rear, raise, care for, take care of, look after, nurture, provide for
      develop, mother, parent, foster, breed
      educate, train, instruct
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      1. 1.1Be taught as a child to adopt particular behaviour or attitudes.
        ‘he had been brought up to believe that marriage was forever’
        • ‘Suppose people in a given society were brought up to believe that women should be subservient to men.’
        • ‘I am 16 and I've been brought up to believe in God.’
        • ‘We were brought up by our parents to be loving and respectful.’
        • ‘I was brought up to believe that it was impolite to discuss one's financial affairs in public.’
        • ‘She had always been brought up to believe murder was wrong, regardless of circumstance.’
        • ‘Everything he'd been brought up to believe in was no longer enough.’
  • bring something up

    • 1Vomit something.

      ‘fortunately I brought up the poison’
      • ‘I almost brought up my dinner last night watching the news.’
      • ‘What he saw hit him hard and he brought up his lunch.’
      • ‘My client brought up her lunch shortly after she ate.’
      vomit, retch
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    • 2Raise a matter for discussion or consideration.

      ‘she tried repeatedly to bring up the subject of money’
      • ‘My grandmother does not want me to bring this matter up at all because when I do, an argument starts.’
      • ‘I have tried to get the local group to bring this matter up because in the end, they are affected the most by it.’
      • ‘She started to bring this matter up with Jack but he gave her a look as if he didn't want her to talk about this now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If such sensitive matters are brought up in a matter-of-fact way, most patients will respond freely.’
      • ‘She had not been expecting to go out, but the rather sore subject of marriage had been brought up.’
      • ‘He informed me that he was going to bring the matter up at the Peace Council in the fall.’
      • ‘I know it's still early in our relationship, so I haven't brought the subject up since.’
      • ‘A day passed before the subject of a plan was brought up and discussed.’
      mention, allude to, touch on, raise, broach, introduce
      voice, suggest, propose, submit, advance, moot, put forward, bring forward, pose, present, table, propound, air, ventilate
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Old English bringan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brengen and German bringen.