Definition of upbringing in English:

upbringing

noun

  • The treatment and instruction received by a child from its parents throughout its childhood.

    ‘she had had a Christian upbringing’
    ‘he was a countryman by upbringing’
    • ‘I know it is a strange viewpoint, Mama, but I suspect it is a result of his background and his upbringing.’
    • ‘I was a very happy and healthy baby and had a normal upbringing, in fact, with lots of nurturing.’
    • ‘Both Taylor and Phillips wanted a more rural home that would remind them of their upbringings in deep countryside.’
    • ‘Jane had a strict upbringing and she never developed a close relationship with her parents.’
    • ‘She said that he had experienced a difficult upbringing and had been in care for much of his youth.’
    • ‘Most of this was due to her parents, her controlled upbringing and her feelings towards the disease.’
    • ‘The three athletes are very similar: modest upbringings and supportive families have moulded them into hungry, focused individuals.’
    • ‘Which brings us to your upbringing in the bombed London which seems to reappear in a lot of your work.’
    • ‘With varied upbringings, geographic backgrounds, faiths and even languages, people make more of an effort to find common ground.’
    • ‘Tyson has been heavily influenced by his childhood, his upbringing, his mother.’
    • ‘That way, the child gets to have a normal life with parents who would give him or her a good upbringing.’
    • ‘Priestley is reluctant to say what he will bring to it from his own upbringing in Vancouver.’
    • ‘After pondering the philosophical elements of our individual upbringings, we discovered that both of us had been brought up in the United Church.’
    • ‘He prefers not to dwell on his parents' deaths, but he talks freely about his upbringing in Falkirk.’
    • ‘He said that the upbringing of children should be a private matter for parents.’
    • ‘The unconscious choices, rooted in our upbringings; in compassion and understanding, the core beliefs that guide us through the obstacle course of life.’
    • ‘‘No, we were raised with completely different upbringings,’ Zoe began to explain.’
    • ‘In the end, it all comes down to the importance of family and a good upbringing.’
    • ‘Perhaps his unflappable nature stems from an upbringing on New Zealand's west coast.’
    • ‘I still think the significant question is why two different paths were taken by two people with similar upbringings.’
    bringing up, rearing, raising, breeding, care, upkeep, cultivation, fostering, tending
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Origin

Late 15th century: from obsolete upbring ‘to rear’ (see up-, bring).

Pronunciation

upbringing

/ˈʌpbrɪŋɪŋ/