Definition of bring in US English:

bring

verbbrought

  • 1with object Come to a place with (someone or something)

    ‘she brought Luke home from the hospital’
    with two objects ‘Liz brought her a glass of water’
    • ‘This half-day guided tour will bring them right onto the golden sand dunes of Arabia in four-wheel drives.’
    • ‘In an emergency, my son could drive up and bring us home.’
    • ‘Now she runs an escort agency bringing men and women together.’
    • ‘To help you get back on track, the magazine brings you the spring guide to complete wellness.’
    • ‘I moved in next door to her and she made me pudding and brought it over to my house.’
    • ‘He came in a rented vehicle from Tikal, bringing a hired tour guide and a camera.’
    • ‘Brenna beamed and quickly brought her a glass.’
    • ‘We're going to bring you the results in just a few minutes.’
    • ‘Bring a tree field guide to help you distinguish species.’
    • ‘Kit brought her wine glass to her lips and took a sip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's always a good idea to bring extra pairs of glasses or lenses if you have them.’
    • ‘Prospective parents can travel to India or arrange for an escort to bring their adopted child home.’
    • ‘That juror apparently printed out the documents and brought them into the jury room as well.’
    • ‘Tracy lit a fire and poured two glasses of wine and brought them over to Ryan on the couch.’
    • ‘He brought gifts with him as befits a visiting uncle.’
    • ‘Sometimes when Geoff goes shepherding, he brings a novice dog.’
    • ‘Let us watch as his twisted assistant brings him foreboding news’
    • ‘She noticed that I was awake, and brought me a glass of water.’
    • ‘He assisted me in bringing the two into our house.’
    • ‘Perhaps your friend can conduct units which bring professionals into the classroom to work on interesting projects.’
    conduct, escort, guide, lead, usher, show, show someone the way, lead the way, pilot, accompany
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    1. 1.1 Cause (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’
      • ‘They're not allowed to see each other, so she has to leave, and then he'll be brought in right after this.’
      • ‘Given the acting chops of most of the leads, the stunt doubles should have been brought in for the dramatic bits too.’
      • ‘The circulating nurse also suggests that another surgeon be brought in to assist the operating surgeon.’
      • ‘There had been talk among their generals to bring her here before, but none had dared to touch her.’
      • ‘The joy driving brought me was so great that I was almost thankful I'd left it so long to learn.’
      • ‘He's effective in bringing groups of Iraqis together, something he's done for many years.’
      • ‘We just need to create a structure to bring them together.’
      • ‘A short drive brings you north to Florence, or south, more energetically, to Bologna or Sienna.’
      • ‘Whatever reason they did this for, those two guys need to be brought in.’
      • ‘It brought in major fundraising money and it brought in every girl to ogle the male contestants.’
      • ‘The wizard who brought us here undoubtedly created this place.’
      • ‘But the reaction Smith received when he brought in the local FBI office was more puzzling.’
      • ‘While new recruits are being brought in, a lot of more experienced people are getting restless, and gone.’
      • ‘The pilot brought the shuttle gently to rest in the clearing.’
      • ‘The other acts are going to be brought in through witness testimony.’
      • ‘The glass roof brought sunlight down and illuminated the blue walls.’
      • ‘For example, what is it about the Philip Glass' music which brings you back to him?’
      • ‘An Alberta promoter is bringing a new style of festival to Canada.’
      • ‘But what has been brought in are behavioral experts and demeanor experts.’
      • ‘It also had a sizable fleet of extra buses that could be brought in for emergencies.’
      • ‘I always assumed that a CEO from the outside was going to be brought in.’
      • ‘The collaboration brought father and son closer than ever.’
      • ‘He dined or drank at The Beet three or four times a week and brought in lots of new customers.’
      • ‘This mixture effectively brought me into the feeling of the play.’
      • ‘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.’
      carry, fetch, bear, take
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    2. 1.2 Make (someone or something) move in a particular direction or way.
      ‘he brought his hands out of his pockets’
      ‘heavy rain brought down part of the ceiling’
      • ‘Gail accompanied the tempo, bringing the sword slowly back in both hands.’
      • ‘With speed that only a few could accomplish the girl brought the tip of her sword to the ugly man's neck.’
      • ‘Touched, Lucas brought his arms around his body even tighter - hugging him, kissing him, claiming him.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 Cause (something)
      ‘the bad weather brought famine’
      ‘her letter brought forth a torrent of criticism’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The four-wheel drive system brings its own background noise, too.’
      • ‘This beautiful and joyful occasion also brings me tears, but for many different reasons.’
      • ‘Monsoons and typhoons, over-riding normal conditions, bring periods of heavy rain.’
      • ‘Failure to obtain a licence or breach of licensing conditions can bring heavy fines.’
      • ‘The extended period of damage was probably brought on by the cool/wet growing conditions.’
      • ‘To stand up and not swing brings you great results.’
      cause, make happen, bring about, bring on, give rise to, create, produce, result in, wreak, effect, engender, occasion, generate, lead to, precipitate, kindle, trigger, trigger off, spark, spark off, touch off, stir up, whip up, promote, contribute to
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    4. 1.4 Cause (someone or something) to be in or change to a particular state or condition.
      ‘I'll give you some aspirin to bring down his temperature’
      ‘his approach brought him into conflict with government’
      • ‘The incorporation of film segments from Brooks' career was a nice touch that brings context to the play’
      • ‘Some find that certification also brings a sense of accomplishment and greater job satisfaction.’
      • ‘An occasional farmer brought damaged land back to fertility.’
      • ‘Dementia is a progressive and disabling condition that brings turmoil and anguish to those involved.’
      • ‘Then went on to create a legacy that brought fear, loathing, and shame to anyone associated with it.’
      • ‘Will the next generation of leadership bring peace to the volatile situation?’
      • ‘A man sits in a square of light, the occasional exploratory movement bringing life to an otherwise empty space.’
      • ‘We have no choice but to bring our science into touch with our conscience.’
      • ‘They also felt that providing care brought a sense of accomplishment.’
      • ‘She missed her town, the familiar roads and buildings she drove past brought comfort to her.’
      • ‘It created community and brought us together in a common front.’
      • ‘And obviously if we can assist in bringing stability and relief to the area we will do that.’
      • ‘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 also brings drive latency down to just two milliseconds.’
      • ‘In hard conditions bold and decisive actions of even small groups can bring success.’
      • ‘Big Tech traditionally hasn't been a leader in the drive to bring accountability to health care.’
      • ‘The lower gods can either assist people or bring misfortune to them.’
      • ‘The onset of World War I effectively brought clinical research to a standstill in Europe.’
      • ‘Thinkers have developed the diagram to bring the structure of these problems into view.’
    5. 1.5bring someone in Involve (someone) in a particular activity.
      ‘he has brought in a consultant’
      • ‘But he wasn't brought in simply for his professionalism.’
      • ‘We get into the sport because we are brought in as youngsters.’
      • ‘So if they hadn't have brought Anton in to do this I'd have never have found that out.’
      • ‘Jo was brought in as directorial consultant, whatever that means.’
      • ‘Bilal demanded to know why he had been brought in.’
      • ‘Thousands of inexperienced foreign workers have been brought in.’
      • ‘The reliever was brought in to secure the victory.’
      • ‘When he was brought in to command the Second Army, he was well received by the men.’
      • ‘He could be brought in as a production and distribution partner.’
      • ‘Ask yourself, ‘If this scheme is guaranteed to produce spectacular returns, why bring me in on it?’’
      • ‘And finally they brought someone in to help me through that period.’
      • ‘It's pretty clear he was brought in as an eleventh-hour replacement.’
      • ‘She was brought in to help the university take the next step in improving its graduate program.’
      • ‘So Carole was brought in for a proper photo shoot and the now famous photograph was taken.’
      • ‘Seagrave is brought in at full back, as Roberts is unavailable.’
      • ‘He brings Bart in on a lot of his schemes.’
      • ‘If you can't hire a consultant, then bring someone in and give him the pieces of authority one at a time.’
      • ‘Couldn't they have been brought in for some clean-up?’
      • ‘And consultants from Vietnam would be brought in to advise the government.’
      • ‘The Philharmonia Orchestra has been brought in to underpin the major concerts.’
      involve, include, count in, take in
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    6. 1.6 Initiate (legal action) against someone.
      ‘riot and conspiracy charges should be brought against them’
      • ‘Any charge ever brought against him resulted in an acquittal.’
      • ‘There are very different degrees of seriousness to the charges that can be brought against a prisoner.’
      • ‘Valid criminal charges could be brought against the Church, and prosecuted, now, as I will explain.’
      • ‘Plus, state and federal courts require that civil plaintiffs pay a fee to the court as a condition of bringing the suit.’
      • ‘The present proceedings have been brought against the Fund accordingly.’
      • ‘But how did that conduct encourage you to bring your action?’
      • ‘On the insolvency, the company brought an action against the bank for knowing receipt.’
      • ‘A condition for bringing an annulment action under Article 230 is that the applicant has standing.’
      • ‘If a claim has to be brought against an untraced motorist there are special conditions which apply.’
      • ‘This is a charge frequently brought against pickets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Similarly, suppose a patient brings a lawsuit that puts her psychiatric condition directly at issue.’
      • ‘That section is concerned with private law, for example claims in tort brought against doctors.’
      • ‘These will now be examined to see if any charges are to be brought against those served with search warrants.’
      • ‘Until the end of the Second World War, legal proceedings could not be brought against the Crown as of right.’
      • ‘An action may also be brought against the Commission for failure to act under Article 232.’
      • ‘No legal action can be brought against a forest that falls below standards; the only threat is loss of certification.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It created a tribunal to bring war criminals to justice.’
      put forward, prefer, propose, present, submit, lay, initiate, introduce, institute, moot
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    7. 1.7bring oneself to do somethingusually with negative Force oneself to do something unpleasant or distressing.
      ‘she could not bring herself to mention it’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then be as sweet as you can bring yourself to be, and see if you can take now what's still there.’
      • ‘I forced the inevitable because I can't bring myself to compromise.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Stuart has a hard time bringing himself to use the toilet his dad's ashes were flushed down.’
      • ‘This person is the object of your affection, but you are passive and can't bring yourself to ask them out.’
      • ‘I say this because so many people cannot bring themselves to formulate an opinion, let alone an informed one.’
      • ‘If he brings himself to watch it on video, the answer can be found in the remarkable deeds of 15 men in white.’
      • ‘By the end, you cannot even bring yourself to look into the mirror.’
      • ‘No doubt all this is relatively important in its way, but I can't bring myself to get very interested in it.’
      • ‘I do wish she could have brought herself to write at least once, ‘Oh, he makes me so mad!’’
      • ‘It's like the old car that you just can't bring yourself to give up.’
      • ‘Getting past the cheap shots, you can't bring yourself to dislike this album or write it off completely.’
      • ‘I appreciate that you agree with my basic premise, but I can't bring myself to agree with yours.’
      • ‘If you can't bring yourself to laugh at violence you should steer clear.’
      • ‘He hesitates, looking particularly grave, and finally brings himself to utter the shameful words.’
      • ‘I just can't bring myself to care about you or your stupid tears.’
      • ‘That was a crime, and I cannot bring myself to vote for a criminal.’
      force oneself to, make oneself, bear to
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    8. 1.8 Cause 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’
      • ‘In the short term it brought in some money and it attached the Civil Service to the state.’
      • ‘His books brought in an amazing income stream.’
      • ‘If nothing else, the popularity of the television show has brought a large amount of money into the town.’
      • ‘This summer is shaping up to bring record amounts of money in ticket sales.’
      • ‘To have your condition labelled as a disease may bring considerable benefit.’
      • ‘Still, all of her mother's odd jobs never brought in enough money, and her family had to make difficult changes.’
      • ‘It brought in money that would likely not have come to Berkeley otherwise.’
      • ‘For that reason, certain models in good condition are hard to find and may bring prices that exceed $30,000.’
      • ‘As of this writing the sale has brought in vastly more money than anticipated.’
      • ‘They brought in enough money for him to be able to get married.’
      • ‘They may not have liked this, but work brought in money regardless of where or who it came from.’
      • ‘The coffee shops were going to be open even longer as the commuters brought in much money even in the early hours.’
      • ‘These brought in little income and proved a great headache to manage.’
      • ‘With ridership that quickly surpassed expectations, they also brought in profits.’
      • ‘His job as a fisherman brought in some money, and most was spent on beer.’
      • ‘Their boxed lunches brought in enough money that Arthur could begin saving again in earnest.’
      • ‘Turn out lots of crummy products in a short amount of time to bring in some fast money.’
      • ‘Over in China a young woman made a movie that hadn't brought in very much money.’
      • ‘Asking for an extra 10% isn't at all cheeky if you brought in a lot of extra revenue over the last twelve months.’
      • ‘Public lectures, gala events, and renting out premises also brought certain amounts of money.’
      earn, make, bring in, fetch, yield, net, gross
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Phrases

  • bring the house down

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

      • ‘Nonetheless, the group seems fit for bringing the house down on this late summer night in Seattle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The drum solo was thunderous and brought the house down.’
      • ‘You brought the house down and your testimony was direct and sincere.’
      acclaim, hail, salute, praise, congratulate, toast, hurrah, hurray, applaud, clap, shout for, whistle
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  • bring it (on)

    • informal Used to express confidence in meeting a challenge.

      ‘if you want to fight me so bad, bring it on!’
      • ‘If this means retroactive prosecution, I say bring it on.’
      • ‘I'll be ready for any challenge you throw back at me. Bring it on!’
      • ‘If this is life then bring it on.’
  • bring something to bear

    • 1Exert influence or pressure so as to cause a particular result.

      ‘he was released after pressure had been brought to bear by the aid agencies’
      • ‘NASA finally relented, but only after much pressure was brought to bear.’
      • ‘The symptoms of decay in the government were obvious before this influence was brought to bear.’
      • ‘Thus a wealth of cultural and culinary influences have been brought to bear on the Armenians.’
      • ‘Another way that pressure can be brought to bear on offending nations is through economic sanctions.’
      • ‘By ensuring that a solicitor deals with the transaction, we can be certain that no undue influence was brought to bear on the homeowner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We need schools, guidance counselors and parents to bring their influence to bear.’
      • ‘Evidently such power is very helpful to bring his 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The others all brought their weapons up to bear.’
  • bring someone/something to mind

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

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The God who promised a new covenant has brought it to pass.’
      • ‘God has used odd people to bring his purposes to pass.’
      • ‘Only the most crucial subjects brought such occasions 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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Phrasal Verbs

  • bring something about

    • 1Cause something to happen.

      ‘she brought about a revolution’
      • ‘What results have been brought about by this decision-making framework?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It does mean that further changes in our laws will be brought about only through the normal legislative process.’
      • ‘The effect of inbreeding on disease levels in a host population can be brought about in two different ways.’
      • ‘Some changes had been brought about in Headquarters.’
      • ‘Sometimes these punishments are deserved but often they are brought about by unfortunate circumstances.’
      cause, create, produce, give rise to
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    • 2Cause a ship to head in a different direction.

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

    • 1Cause something to return.

      • ‘Laughter filled the lodge as happy memories were brought back.’
      • ‘It was over and I wasn't going to relive old memories to try to bring it back.’
      • ‘Pictures of Jonathon and me were hanging all over the tree house bringing the memories back harder then ever.’
      • ‘To start with Louis embarked on a policy to bring the Huguenots back to the Catholic Church.’
      • ‘Not especially courageous of me, I know, but I was just not ready to bring those memories back to the surface.’
      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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      1. 1.1Reintroduce something.
        ‘bringing back capital punishment would solve nothing’
        • ‘The last state to bring back the death penalty was New York in 1995.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The leader intends to bring back martial law and he makes plans for the arrest of his opponents.’
        • ‘The Chief Minister proposes to bring the zing back into the capital's nightlife’
        reintroduce, re-establish, reinstall, reinstate, reinstitute, relaunch, revive, resuscitate, resurrect, breathe new life into
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  • bring someone down

    • 1Cause someone to fall over, especially by tackling them during a football game or rugby match.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Agent 547 knocked the gun from his hands and brought him down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He then spun Glenn about and then brought him down into the wooden floor with a powerful swing.’
      foul, trip, knock over
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      1. 1.1Cause someone to lose power.
        ‘the vote will not bring down the government’
        • ‘There is the potential to upset the balance in the industry and bring this company down.’
        • ‘After more than 400 years of power, the Kingdom was brought down by invading armies.’
        • ‘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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      2. 1.2Make someone unhappy.
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘She didn't want to bring Frank down… but she was still hopelessly depressed.’
        • ‘I thought that maybe it was Peter's depression bringing her down.’
        • ‘The stars seemed to have lost their glitter, and the night shiver brought me down.’
        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/something down

    • 1Cause an animal or person to fall over by shooting them.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 which brought him down was fired by the owner of the pigeons.’
      1. 1.1Cause an aircraft or bird to fall from the sky by shooting it.
        • ‘The Pentagon says it doesn't appear the aircraft was brought down by hostile fire.’
        • ‘As a duck came speeding by, B.K. took the shot and brought the duck down.’
        • ‘Government agencies deny that a Navy missile brought the plane down.’
        • ‘As the jet descended to land, it was brought down by two missiles.’
        • ‘Commercial airlines have been brought down by military aircraft and missiles.’
  • bring something forth

    • Give birth to something.

      ‘why does Elsbeth not bring forth a child?’
      • ‘The other female brought forth a child covered with the small-pox.’
      • ‘She never conceived or brought 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.’
      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.

      • ‘Plus, it's brought the release date forward, which is a nice thing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Councillors are bringing the dates forward this spring to help them continue to set a low council tax.’
    • 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’
      • ‘Those are all issues that are brought forward and are worked on and are pushed by Democrats.’
      • ‘The company's balance sheet to December 31, 2000 showed a loss brought forward of €3.23 million.’
      • ‘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, subject, or idea for consideration.

      • ‘Inventors and entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a new fund that can help them bring their ideas forward.’
      • ‘They've been thinking about this for a while, though they've been lax in bringing the 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.’
      • ‘When an idea for a song is brought forward by one of the members, additions to it are made by the other.’
      propose, suggest, advance, raise, put forward, table, offer, present, move, submit, prefer, lodge, adduce, come up with
      mention, allude to, touch on, raise, broach, introduce
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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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Constitutional reforms had been brought in by the Liberals.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The jury brought in a verdict that the cave-in in the tunnel was due to faulty design in the timbering.’
    • 3Make or earn a particular amount of money.

      ‘their fund-raising efforts have brought in more than $1 million’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ad then brought in over a quarter million pounds-worth of orders on its very first outing.’
      • ‘Her profession of political image consultant brought in a good salary and gave her a healthy investment portfolio.’
      earn, make, bring, fetch, yield, net, gross
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  • bring someone off

    • 1Be rescued from a ship in difficulties.

      • ‘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 omelet is very hard to bring off’
      • ‘They explain a lot about how shots were put together or what effects were used to bring them off.’
      • ‘Rostropovich brings this live performance off most impressively.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now that he's at an age where he can genuinely strike such a pose, he can't quite bring it off.’
      • ‘The only thing you're scared of is not being able to bring it 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.’
      • ‘He might have worked terribly hard to bring it off.’
      • ‘The man actually responsible for bringing the whole thing off isn't even acknowledged on the big screen.’
      achieve, accomplish, bring about, succeed in, pull off, carry off, carry through, manage, carry out
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  • bring someone on

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

      • ‘But this is where the publishers have brought us on.’
      • ‘It can dramatically reduce the cost associated with bringing somebody on to a system.’
      • ‘When they feel it's appropriate, they'll bring her 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 or develop.

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

    • 1Encourage one to feel more confident or sociable.

      ‘she needs friends to bring her out of herself’
      • ‘I was 18 years old and shy, but my coworkers brought me out of my shell.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think I was a very shy kid and it really brought me out of myself.’
      • ‘The camaraderie of colleagues has helped in bringing her out of herself.’
    • 2Introduce (a young woman) formally into society.

      • ‘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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The book is his attempt to bring the man out of the closet.’
  • bring something out

    • 1Produce and launch a new product or publication.

      ‘the band is bringing out a video’
      • ‘But the question you need to ask is why this product was brought out at all if the other was such a sure winner.’
      • ‘Doubtless when we're all old, grey and retired, someone'll dig it all up and bring it out on video.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The tune will be brought out on a CD later in the year.’
      launch, establish, begin, start, found, set up, open, get going, get under way, initiate, instigate, institute, inaugurate, market
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      1. 1.1Make something more evident; emphasize something.
        ‘the shawl brings out the color of your eyes’
        ‘he brought out the best in his team’
        • ‘Lauren had blue eyes anyway and she needed something neutral to bring the color out in them.’
        • ‘Her eyes were like her name, two emeralds and her light green eye shadow brought their beautiful color out.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It must have been the dress that brought the colour out.’
        accentuate, call attention to, make evident, highlight, emphasize, give prominence to, underline, accent, foreground, throw into relief
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  • bring someone around

    • 1Restore someone to consciousness.

      • ‘She had brought him round and helped him home.’
      • ‘He died, we couldn't bring him round, the lifeguards shocked him and everything.’
      • ‘The flash of the camera brought me round from my trance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 do something, especially to adopt one's own point of view.

      ‘with any luck, you'll be able to bring him around to the idea’
      • ‘They hope that I may be able to bring you round to their side.’
      • ‘‘I think he's the fellow to bring them round,’ he said.’
      • ‘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 hope I can bring him round to realizing that we aren't necessarily evil.’
      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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still following the landing waypoints Rick brought the cruiser to.’
      • ‘We fired at her to bring her to.’
  • bring someone to

    • Restore someone to consciousness.

  • bring up

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

      • ‘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

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

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

    • 1Vomit something.

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

      ‘she tried repeatedly to bring up the subject of marriage’
      • ‘He informed me that he was going to bring the matter up at the Peace Council in the fall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A day passed before the subject of a plan was brought up and discussed.’
      • ‘I know it's still early in our relationship, so I haven't brought the subject up since.’
      • ‘He seemed to have resentment in his voice whenever the matter of the song was brought up.’
      • ‘My grandmother does not want me to bring this matter up at all because when I do, an argument starts.’
      • ‘I've considered bringing the matter up with my father but fear creating a rift.’
      • ‘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.’
      mention, allude to, touch on, raise, broach, introduce
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

bring

/brɪŋ//briNG/