A dog bringing a stick.
- An example of to bring is to bake cookies and take them to a friend's house.
- An example of to bring is to create life by bringing a baby into the world.
transitive verbbrought, bring′ing
- to carry or lead (a person or thing) to the place thought of as “here” or to a place where the speaker will be: bring it to my house tomorrow
- to cause to be, happen, come, appear, have, etc.: war brings death and famine; rest brings one health
- to lead, persuade, or influence along a course of action or belief
- to sell for: eggs bring a high price today
- to present in a law court: to bring charges
- to advance (evidence, etc.)
Origin of bringMiddle English bringen from Old English bringan from Indo-European base an unverified form bhrenk-, an unverified form bronk- from source Welsh he-brwng, to bring, lead
- to persuade by arguing, urging, etc.
- to put or coax into a good humor
- to bring back to consciousness or health
- to cause to come down or fall
- to wound or kill
- to give birth to
- to produce (fruit, flowers, etc.)
- to make known; disclose
- to introduce; show
- Bookkeeping to carry over
- to import
- to produce (income or revenue)
- to cause (an oil well, etc.) to produce
- to give (a verdict or report)
- to reveal; make clear or clearer
- to bring (a play, person, etc.) before the public, or to publish (a book, magazine, etc.)
- to introduce (a girl or young woman) formally to society
- to revive (an unconscious person)
- to cause (a ship) to stop
- to take care of during infancy and childhood by educating, nurturing, training, etc.; raise; rear
- to introduce, as into discussion
- to cough up
- to vomit
- to stop abruptly
transitive verbbrought, bring·ing, brings
- To carry, convey, lead, or cause to go along to another place: brought enough money with me.
- To carry as an attribute or contribution: You bring many years of experience to your new post.
- To lead or force into a specified state, situation, or location: bring the water to a boil; brought the meeting to a close.
- a. To persuade; induce: The defendant's testimony brought others to confess.b. To get the attention of; attract: Smoke and flames brought the neighbors.
- a. To cause to occur as a consequence: Floods brought destruction to the valley.b. To cause to occur as a concomitant: For many, the fall brings hay fever.
- To cause to become apparent to the mind; recall: This music brings back memories.
- To advance or set forth (charges) in a court.
- To be sold for: a portrait that brought a million dollars.
Origin of bringMiddle English bringen from Old English bringan ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The difference between bring and take is one of perspective. Bring indicates motion toward the place from which the action is regarded—typically toward the speaker—while take indicates motion away from the place from which the action is regarded—typically away from the speaker. Thus from a customer's perspective, the customer takes checks to the bank and brings home cash, while from the banker's perspective the customer brings checks to the bank in order to take away cash. When the point of reference is not the place of speaking itself, either verb is possible, but the correct choice still depends on the desired perspective. For example, The labor leaders brought their requests to the mayor's office suggests a point of view centered around the mayor's office, while The labor leaders took their requests to the mayor's office suggests a point of view centered around the labor leaders. Be aware that the choice of bring or take determines the point of view emphasized. For example, a parent sitting at home may say of a child, She always takes a pile of books home with her from school, describing the situation from the child's viewpoint leaving school. If the viewpoint shifts to the speaker, bring becomes appropriate, as in Look, I see her coming right now, and she's bringing a whole armful of books!
(third-person singular simple present brings, present participle bringing, simple past and past participle brought)
- To transport toward somebody/somewhere.
- Waiter, please bring me a single malt whiskey.
- (figuratively) To supply or contribute.
- The new company director brought a fresh perspective on sales and marketing.
- To raise (a lawsuit, charges, etc.) against somebody.
- (baseball) To pitch, often referring to a particularly hard thrown fastball.
- The closer Jones can really bring it.
From Middle English bringen, from Old English bringan (“to bring, lead, bring forth, carry, adduce, produce, present, offer”), from Proto-Germanic *bringaną (“to bring”) (compare West Frisian bringe, Low German bringen, Dutch brengen, German bringen), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrenk (compare Welsh he-brwng (“to bring, lead”), Tocharian B pränk (“to take away; restrain oneself, hold back”), Albanian brengë (“worry, anxiety, concern”), Latvian brankti (“lying close”), Lithuanian branktas (“whiffletree”)).
- The sound of a telephone ringing.