brings; brought/ˈbrɑːt/; bringing brings; brought/ˈbrɑːt/; bringing
Learner's definition of BRING
1 : to come with (something or someone) to a place
I'll bring a bottle of wine (with me) when I come to your party.
“Should I send you a check?” “Why not just bring me the money when you come?”
Have you brought the money with you from the bank?
She brought her boyfriend home to meet her parents.
You stay where you are and I'll bring you another drink. = I'll bring another drink to you.
2 : to cause (something or someone) to come
Her screams brought [=attracted] help.
Her screams brought the neighbors running. [=the neighbors ran to help her when they heard her screams]
Love of adventure brought her here before taking her to many other places.
This radio station brings you all the news as it happens.
3 : to cause (something) to exist, happen, or start
Can anything bring peace to this troubled region?
In this part of the country, winter brings snow (with it).
The tablets may bring (you) some relief.
Having a baby has brought great happiness into her life.
The sad story brought tears to our eyes [=made us cry] but its happy ending brought smiles to our lips. [=made us smile]
4 always followed by an adverb or preposition : to cause (something or someone) to reach a specified state, place, condition, etc.
The dancer brought his hands up to his face.
(US) Bring the water to a boil. = (Brit) Bring the water to the boil. [=heat the water so that it boils]
The pilot brought them safely out of danger.
Winter snow brought traffic to a stop.
A few steps brought us to the front door.
The thrilling climax brought the audience to its/their feet.
This history book brings us up to the present day.
5 : to have (a particular talent, quality, etc.) when you start to do something (such as a job) — + to 6 law : to start a case against someone in a court of law 7 : to cause (something) to reach a total — + to
Last week's sales figures brought our pretax profits for the year to just over $35,000,000.
The donation brought the fund to over a million dollars.
8 : to get (an amount of money) as a price : to be sold for (a price) ◊ In addition to the phrases shown below, bring occurs in many idioms that are shown at appropriate entries throughout the dictionary. For example, bring to bear can be found at 2bear and bring to an end can be found at 1end.
bring about[phrasal verb]
bring about (something) also bring (something) about
bring around(chiefly US)[phrasal verb]or chiefly Britishbring round
1 bring (someone) around : to cause (someone) to come around: such as a : to cause (someone) to accept and support something (such as an idea) after opposing it — often + to b : to cause (someone) to become awake again after being unconscious c : to come with (someone) for a social visit 2 bring (something) around : to cause (something, such as a conversation) to go to a desired subject or area — + to
bring back[phrasal verb]
bring (something or someone) back or bring back (something or someone)
1 a : to come back with (something or someone) b : to cause (something or someone) to return
c : to cause (something or someone) to return to a condition, subject, etc.
The death penalty was done away with in this area many years ago, but some people now want it to be brought back.
The movie is a fantasy about a man who is brought back (to life) from the dead.
The company is doing poorly, and its former president is being brought back to help solve its problems.
2 bring (something) back or bring back (something) : to cause (something) to return to someone's memory
Seeing her again brought back a lot of happy memories.
I had almost forgotten about the time we spent together, but seeing her again brought it all back (to me).
bring before[phrasal verb]
bring (someone or something) before (someone or something)formal
: to cause (someone or something) to come to (someone or something) for an official decision or judgment
bring down[phrasal verb]
1 bring down (someone or something) or bring (someone or something) down : to cause (someone or something) to fall down onto the ground — often used figuratively 2 bring (something) down or bring down (something) : to cause (something) to become lower 3 bring (someone) downinformal : to cause (someone) to become sad or depressed
bring forth[phrasal verb]
bring (something) forthsomewhat formal or bring forth (something)
: to produce (something) : to cause (something) to occur or exist
bring forward[phrasal verb]
bring (something) forward or bring forward (something)
1 : to talk about or show (something) so that it can be seen or discussed by others 2 : to make the time of (something) earlier or sooner
bring in[phrasal verb]
1 bring in (someone) or bring (someone) in : to cause (someone) to become involved in a process, activity, etc.
bring in (something) or bring (something) in
2 a : to produce or earn (an amount of money) b law : to report (an official decision) to a court c chiefly British : to introduce (a new law, rule, etc.) 3 bring in (someone or something) or bring (someone or something) in : to cause (someone or something) to come to a place
bring off[phrasal verb]
bring (something) off also bring off (something)
: to do (something difficult) : to achieve or accomplish (something)
bring on[phrasal verb]
1 bring on (something) or bring (something) on : to cause (something) to appear or occur 2 bring (something) on (someone) : to cause (something bad) to happen to (someone)
bring out[phrasal verb]
bring out (something) or bring (something) out
1 a : to show (something) : to cause (something) to appear or to be more easily seen
b : to produce (something, such as a book) : to cause (something) to become available or to come out
The debate brought out [=highlighted] the differences between the two candidates.
That blue sweater really brings out the color in your eyes.
Our school aims to bring out [=develop] the talents in each of our students.
A crisis brings out the best in some people and brings out the worst in others. [=a crisis causes some people to behave very well and other people to behave very badly]
2 bring (someone) out in (something)British : to cause (someone) to begin to have (something, such as a rash) on the skin
— see bring around (above)
bring to[phrasal verb]
bring (someone) to
: to cause (someone) to become awake again after being unconscious
bring together[phrasal verb]
bring (people) together or bring together (people)
: to cause (people) to join or meet : to cause (people) to come together
bring up[phrasal verb]
1 bring (someone) up or bring up (someone) : to take care of and teach (a child who is growing up)
I was born and brought up [=raised, reared] in Chicago.
My grandparents brought me up after my parents died.
My parents brought me up to respect authority. [=my parents taught me to respect authority when I was a child]
bring (something) up or bring up (something)
2 a : to mention (something) when talking : to start to talk about (something)
b computers : to cause (something, such as a file or picture) to appear on a computer screen c : 1vomit
We were waiting for a suitable moment to bring up [=introduce, raise] the subject of his unpaid bills.
I wasn't going to talk about money, but since you've brought it up, I guess it's something we should really discuss.
I'm glad you mentioned money. That brings up the question of how much we can afford to spend.
3 bring (someone) up : to cause (someone) to stop suddenly — used in phrases like bring up short and bring up suddenly
: to force yourself to do something that you do not want to do — usually used in negative statements