transitive verbbrought, bring·ing, brings
Phrasal Verbs: bring about
- 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.
To cause (something) to happen: a speech that brought about a change in public opinion. Nautical
To cause (a ship or boat) to head in a different direction. bring around (or round)
To cause to adopt an opinion or take a certain course of action.To cause to recover consciousness. bring down
To cause to fall or collapse: a shot that brought down a bird; a demolition crew that brought down a building.
To force to the ground, as by tackling.To cause to lose power or leave office: The scandal brought down the prime minister.
To kill.To disappoint or dispirit: The cancellation of the ballgame brought us down. bring forth
To give rise to; produce: plants bringing forth fruit.
To give birth to (young). bring forward
To present; produce: bring forward proof. Accounting
To carry (a sum) from one page or column to another. bring in Law
To give or submit (a verdict) to a court.To produce, yield, or earn (profits or income). bring off
To accomplish: bring off a successful advertising campaign. bring on
To cause to appear: brought on the dessert. bring out
a. To reveal or expose: brought out the facts.
b. To introduce (a debutante) to society.
To produce or publish: bring out a new book.
To nurture and develop (a quality, for example) to best advantage: You bring out the best in me. bring to
To cause to recover consciousness. Nautical
To cause (a ship) to turn into the wind or come to a stop. bring up
To take care of and educate (a child); rear.To introduce into discussion; mention.To vomit.To cause to come to a sudden stop.
Origin of bring
Middle 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!