American English

Definition of bring verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bring
    he / she / it brings
    past simple brought
    -ing form bringing
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    come with someone or something
  1. 1to come to a place with someone or something bring somebody/something (with you) Don't forget to bring your books with you. bring somebody/something to something She brought her boyfriend to the party. bring something for somebody Bring a present for Helen. bring somebody something Bring Helen a present.
  2. provide
  3. 2to provide someone or something with something bring somebody/something sth His writing brings him $10,000 a year. bring something to somebody/something The team's new manager brings ten years of experience to the job.
  4. cause
  5. 3bring something to cause something The revolution brought many changes. The news brought tears to his eyes (= made him cry). Retirement usually brings with it a huge drop in income.
  6. 4bring somebody/something + adv./prep. to cause someone or something to be in a particular condition or place to bring a meeting to an end Bring the water to a boil. Mismanagement had brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy. The article brought her into conflict with the authorities. Hello, Sam! What brings you here?
  7. make someone or something move
  8. 5to make someone or something move in a particular direction or way bring somebody/something + adv./prep. The judge brought his hammer down on the table. bring somebody/something running Her cries brought the neighbors running (= made them run to her).
  9. accusation
  10. 6bring something (against somebody) to officially accuse someone of a crime to bring a charge/a legal action/an accusation against someone
  11. force yourself
  12. 7bring yourself to do something to force yourself to do something She could not bring herself to tell him the news.
  13. Phrasal Verbsbring A and B togetherbring somethingaboutbring somebody aroundbring somebody around (to…)bring something around to somethingbring somebody/somethingbackbring somethingbackbring somebody somethingbackbring somebody/something before somebodybring somebodydownbring somethingdownbring somebody/somethingforthbring somethingforwardbring somebodyinbring somebody/somethinginbring in somethingbring somethingoffbring somebodyonbring somethingonbring something on yourself/somebodybring somethingoutbring somebody out of himself, herself, etc.bring somebody through (something)bring somebody tobring somebodyupbring somethingupbring somebody up against something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bring

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