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.
- 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.
(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.