to carry, convey, conduct, or cause (someone or something) to come with, to, or toward the speaker:
Bring the suitcase to my house. He brought his brother to my office.
to cause to come to or toward oneself; attract:
Her scream brought the police. He brought honor to his family by his heroism.
to cause to occur or exist:
The medication brought instant relief.
to cause to come into a particular position, state, or effect:
to bring the car to a stop.
to cause to appear or occur in the mind; evoke or recall:
The letter brought her memories of youth.
to persuade, convince, compel, or induce:
She couldn’t bring herself to sell the painting.
to sell for; fetch:
These lamps will bring a good price.
Law. to commence:
to bring an action for damages.
bring about, to accomplish; cause:
Land reform brought about a great change in the lives of the common people.
to convince of a belief or opinion; persuade:
I think we can bring him around to agreeing with the plan.
to restore to consciousness, as after a faint.
to bring as a visitor:
They brought around a new employee this morning.
to injure, capture, or kill:
He brought down several ducks on his last hunting trip.
to lessen; reduce:
I won’t buy that lamp unless they bring down the price.
Slang. to cause to be in low spirits; depress:
The bad news brought him down.
to give birth to; deliver; bear:
to bring forth a son.
to give rise to; introduce:
to bring forth a proposal for reducing costs.
to bring to view; show.
to present for consideration; adduce:
to bring forward an opinion.
to yield, as profits or income:
My part-time job doesn’t bring in much, but I enjoy it.
to present officially; submit:
The jury brought in its verdict.
to cause to operate or yield:
They brought in a gusher on his property.
to present for consideration, approval, etc.; introduce:
She brought in six new members last month.
bring off, to accomplish, carry out, or achieve (something):
He brought off his speech with ease.
to cause to happen or exist; bring about:
This incident will surely bring on a crisis.
to introduce; cause to appear:
Bring on the clowns.
to expose; reveal.
to make noticeable or conspicuous in a contrast.
to publish, as a book or play.
to introduce officially into society:
to bring out a debutante.
to bring back to consciousness; revive.
Nautical. to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt.
to care for during childhood; rear.
to introduce or mention for attention, discussion, action, or consideration.
to stop or cause to stop quickly:
to bring up a car at the curb.
Nautical. (of a vessel) to cause to halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; fetch up.
(adverb) to restore (a person) to consciousness
(adverb) to cause (a ship) to turn into the wind and reduce her headway
(preposition) to make (something) equal to (an amount of money): that brings your bill to £17
verb (transitive) brings, bringing, brought
to carry, convey, or take (something or someone) to a designated place or person: bring that book to me, will you bring Jessica to Tom’s party?
to cause to happen or occur to (oneself or another): to bring disrespect on oneself
to cause to happen as a consequence: responsibility brings maturity
to cause to come to mind: it brought back memories
to cause to be in a certain state, position, etc: the punch brought him to his knees
to force, persuade, or make (oneself): I couldn’t bring myself to do it
to sell for; fetch: the painting brought 20 pounds
to institute (proceedings, charges, etc)
to put (evidence, etc) before a tribunal
bring forth, to give birth to
bring home to
to convince of: his account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
to place the blame on
bring to bear, See bear1 (sense 17)
Restore to consciousness, as in I’ll see if these smelling salts will bring her to . Also see bring around , def. 2.
Cause a vessel to stop by heading into the wind or some other means. For example, As they neared the anchorage, they brought the boat to. This usage was first recorded in 1753.
Cause to reach a turning point or crisis. For example, Management’s newest policy has brought matters to a head. The related phrase come to a head means “to reach a crisis,” as in With the last break-in, the question of security came to a head. These phrases allude to the medical sense of head, the […]
come to a screeching halt
to hold up; support: to bear the weight of the roof. to hold or remain firm under (a load): The roof will not bear the strain of his weight. to bring forth (young); give birth to: to bear a child. to produce by natural growth: a tree that bears fruit. to hold up under; be […]
Enliven or energize a person or thing. For example, The promise of a big part in the play brought Jane to life, or The author’s changes really brought this screenplay to life. [ c. 1300 ] Also see: come to life