Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To carry, convey, lead, or cause to go along to another place: brought enough money with me.
  • transitive v. To carry as an attribute or contribution: You bring many years of experience to your new post.
  • transitive v. To lead or force into a specified state, situation, or location: bring the water to a boil; brought the meeting to a close.
  • transitive v. To persuade; induce: The defendant's testimony brought others to confess.
  • transitive v. To get the attention of; attract: Smoke and flames brought the neighbors.
  • transitive v. To cause to occur as a consequence or concomitant: Floods brought destruction to the valley. For many, the fall brings hayfever.
  • transitive v. To cause to become apparent to the mind; recall: This music brings back memories.
  • transitive v. Law To advance or set forth (charges) in a court.
  • transitive v. To sell for: a portrait that brought a million dollars.
  • around To cause to adopt an opinion or take a certain course of action.
  • around To cause to recover consciousness.
  • bring down To cause to fall or collapse.
  • bring down To kill.
  • bring forth To give rise to; produce: plants bringing forth fruit.
  • bring forth To give birth to (young).
  • bring forward To present; produce: bring forward proof.
  • bring forward Accounting To carry (a sum) from one page or column to another.
  • bring in Law To give or submit (a verdict) to a court.
  • bring in 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 To reveal or expose: brought out the facts.
  • bring out To introduce (a debutante) to society.
  • bring out To produce or publish: bring out a new book.
  • bring out 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.
  • bring to 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.
  • bring up To introduce into discussion; mention.
  • bring up To vomit.
  • bring up To cause to come to a sudden stop.
  • idiom bring down the house To win overwhelming approval from an audience.
  • idiom bring home To make perfectly clear: a lecture that brought home several important points.
  • idiom bring home the bacon To earn a living, especially for a family.
  • idiom bring home the bacon To achieve desired results; have success.
  • idiom bring to bear To exert; apply: bring pressure to bear on the student's parents.
  • idiom bring to bear To put (something) to good use: "All of one's faculties are brought to bear in an effort to become fully incorporated into the landscape” ( Barry Lopez).
  • idiom bring to light To reveal or disclose: brought the real facts to light.
  • idiom bring to mind To cause to be remembered: Thoughts of fishing brought to mind our youth.
  • idiom bring to (one's) knees To reduce to a position of subservience or submission.
  • idiom bring to terms To force (another) to agree.
  • idiom bring up the rear To be the last in a line or sequence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To transport toward somebody/somewhere.
  • v. To supply or contribute.
  • v. To raise (a lawsuit, charges, etc.) against somebody.
  • v. To pitch, often referring to a particularly hard thrown fastball.
  • interj. The sound of a telephone ringing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To convey to the place where the speaker is or is to be; to bear from a more distant to a nearer place; to fetch.
  • transitive v. To cause the accession or obtaining of; to procure; to make to come; to produce; to draw to.
  • transitive v. To convey; to move; to carry or conduct.
  • transitive v. To persuade; to induce; to draw; to lead; to guide.
  • transitive v. To produce in exchange; to sell for; to fetch; as, what does coal bring per ton?

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bear, convey, or take along in coming; take to the place where the receiver is, or where the bearer stays or abides; fetch: as, bring it hither, or to me; to bring a book home.
  • To cause to come or accrue; be the means of conveying possession of; impart; devolve upon: as, the transaction brought great profit; his wife brought him a large dowry.
  • To cause to come or pass, as to a new place, state, or condition; impel; draw on; lead: as, to bring one to a better mind.
  • To aid in coming or passing, as to one's home or destination; conduct; attend; accompany.
  • To convey or put forth as a product; bear or be the bearer of; yield: as, the land brings good harvests.
  • To convey to the mind or knowledge; make known on coming, or coming before one; bear or impart a declaration of.
  • To fetch or put forward before a tribunal; make a presentation of; institute; declare in or as if in court: as, to bring an action or an indictment against one; the jury brought the prisoner in guilty.
  • To cause to become; make to be.
  • To cause to fall; hence, of game, to kill.
  • To bring to light; disclose; reveal.
  • To adduce: as, to bring forward arguments in support of a scheme.
  • To impress upon the feeling; cause to be felt: as, he brought it home to them very vividly; in preaching, strive to bring the truth home to the hearers.
  • To supply; furnish; yield: especially used in speaking of a revenue, rent, or income produced from a certain source.
  • To introduce; especially, to introduce to the notice of a legislature: as, to bring in a bill.
  • To place in a particular condition or station.
  • (et) To reduce within the limits of law and government.
  • To procure to be acquitted; clear from condemnation; cause to escape. To dissuade; change, as from an opinion or purpose; cause to abandon.
  • To cause to begin: as, to bring on a battle.
  • To originate or cause to exist: as, to bring on a disease.
  • To induce; lead on.
  • To find by calculation or argument; deduce; infer.
  • To publish: as, to bring out a new edition of a book.
  • To convert by persuasion or other means; draw to a new party; cause to change sides or an opinion.
  • The Protestant clergy will find it perhaps no difficult matter to bring great numbers over to the church.
  • To lead up to in an indirect manner: as, he brought round the conversation to his favorite topic.
  • To recover, as from a swoon.
  • Nautical: To heave to; force (another ship) to heave to or stop. To bend (a sail) to its yard or gaff.
  • To bring into range, or the range of: as, to bring a gun to bear upon a target.
  • In printing, to give the proper light and shade to, as a print of an engraving, by means of a suitable distribution of pressure in the press, produced by overlays; also, to equalize the pressure upon, as any part of a form on a press, by underlaying it with cardboard or paper
  • In lithography, to make apparent; make visible, as a drawing or a greasy spot upon the stone
  • To rear; nurture; care for during adolescence: used with reference to the needs of both the body and the mind.
  • To introduce to notice or consideration: as, to bring up a subject in conversation. To cause to advance near: as, to bring up forces, or the reserves.
  • Nautical, to stop (a ship's headway) by letting go an anchor or by running her ashore. To pull up (a horse); cause to stop: often with short; as, he brought up his horse short (that is, caused it to stop suddenly); hence, figuratively, to stop suddenly in any career or course of action; bring before a magistrate; pull up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. attract the attention of
  • v. take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  • v. cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
  • v. cause to come into a particular state or condition
  • v. be accompanied by
  • v. advance or set forth in court
  • v. go or come after and bring or take back
  • v. bring into a different state
  • v. be sold for a certain price
  • v. induce or persuade
  • v. bestow a quality on

Etymologies

Middle English bringen, from Old English bringan; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bringen, from Old English bringan ("to bring, lead, bring forth, carry, adduce, produce, present, offer"), from Proto-Germanic *bringanan (“to bring”) (compare West Frisian bringe, 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")). (Wiktionary)
Onomatopeia (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His first veto will bring it down to 29%….second veto will net 28%…..bring on the bills, bring on the vetoes, but by all means bring ‘em on with impeachment proceedings.

    Think Progress » House passes prescription drug reform.

  • I was sitting in Ron's when my phone rang. * bring bring* "Hello?"

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  • His first veto will bring it down to 29%….second veto will net 28%…..bring on the bills, bring on the vetoes, but by all means bring ‘em on with impeachment proceedings.

    Think Progress » House passes prescription drug reform.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Swanson paid me to find you and bring you back; offered a bonus for the ’bring you back’ part.

    Fateful Journeys

  • IV. iii.188 (361,1) Let it no more bring out ingrateful man!] [W: out to ungrateful] It is plain that _bring out_ is _bring forth_, with which the following lines correspond so plainly, that the commentator might be suspected of writing his note without reading the whole passage.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • It called the threat a "bad miscalculation", and appeared to goad Anonymous to action, with the phrase "bring it!"

    BBC News - Home

  • Each of the nine South American countries competing for the title bring five-man rosters.

    Wichita State Headline News

  • "The civil rights movement had the power to … what I call bring the dirt, the filth from under the American rug out of the cracks and corners, into the light so we can deal with it," said Lewis, a superdelegate who supports Obama, at a forum on faith and civil rights at Washington's National Cathedral.

    CNN Political Ticker

  • Now that Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as the new Israeli Prime Minister, what kind of impact will his new title bring to Mid-East Peace developments?

    KCBS Bay Area News

  • Christmas has come and gone and we are still picking figurative tinsel out of our hair, even as we move forward into a difficult week, clinging to the hangover of joy so that whatever pain the next few days bring is blunted by its residue.

    Comfort And Joy | Her Bad Mother

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  • The Usage Note from the American Heritage Dictionary has a lot about the differences between bring and take, but at the end it has this bit about brung: "The form brung is common in colloquial use in many areas, even among educated speakers, but it is not acceptable for use in formal writing."

    March 1, 2011

  • Or perhaps simply, "He brings expertise in ..."?

    March 25, 2009

  • 'He brings with him his expertise in . . .'

    As opposed to bringing with his chauffeur? But it sounds more natural with 'with him'.

    March 25, 2009