- [[t]brɪŋ[/t]]v. t. brought, bring•ing1) to carry, convey, conduct, or cause (someone or something) to come with, to, or toward the speaker2) to cause to come to or toward oneself; attract3) to cause to occur or exist:The medicine brought rapid relief[/ex]4) to cause to come into a particular position, state, or effect:to bring a car to a stop[/ex]5) to persuade, compel, or induce:I couldn't bring myself to sell it[/ex]6) to cause to come to mind; evoke; recall:to bring back happy memories[/ex]7) to sell for; fetch:These lamps will bring a good price[/ex]8) law Law. to commence:to bring an action for damages[/ex]9) phv bring about, to accomplish; cause10) phv bring around or rounda) phv to convince of a belief or opinion; persuadeb) phv to restore to consciousness, as after a faint11) phv bring downa) phv to injure, capture, or killb) phv to cause to fallc) sts to cause to be in low spirits; depressd) Can., Aus., and NZ to present (a report, bill, etc.) in a parliament12) phv bring fortha) phv to give birth to or produce; bear:to bring forth young[/ex]b) phv to give rise to; introduce13) phv bring forwarda) phv to bring to view; showb) phv to present for consideration; adduce14) phv bring ina) phv to yield, as profits or incomeb) phv to present officially; submit:to bring in a verdict[/ex]c) phv to cause to operate or yield:to bring in an oil well[/ex]d) phv to introduce15) phv bring off, to accomplish, carry out, or achieve16) phv bring onphv to cause to happen, appear, or exist:to bring on a headache[/ex]17) phv bring outa) to reveal or exposeb) to make noticeable or conspicuous; emphasizec) to cause to appear:The clams I ate brought out a rash[/ex]d) to publish or producee) to introduce formally into society18) phv bring toa) to bring back to consciousness; reviveb) naut. navig. to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt19) phv bring upa) to care for during childhood; rearb) to introduce or mention for attention or considerationc) to vomitd) to stop quickly or abruptly•Etymology: bef. 950; ME; OE bringan bring′er, n.
From formal English to slang. 2014.