Origin of broughtOld English broht, past tense , (ge)broht, past participle
- The definition of brought means something happened as a result of another action.
An example of brought is what someone boasts after a good game, “I brought it!”
- Brought means you carried someone or something to a place.
An example of brought is what you did when you took a food to a potluck.
- simple past tense and past participle of bring
It is common to hear native English speakers (particularly in Australia, New Zealand and the UK) using "brought" when meaning "bought" (vice versa) despite the fact that the two words mean different things . Sometimes this mistake makes its way into print.
- I brought you something to eat.
- That was the end of the conversation and neither of them brought the subject up again that night.
- Wars have often been the result of misunderstandings brought about by language.
- The memory brought goose bumps to her arms.
- Although his father was a king, Cyrus was brought up like the son of a common man.