Definition of bring verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//brɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɪŋ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bring
    BrE BrE//brɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɪŋ//
    he / she / it brings
    BrE BrE//brɪŋz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɪŋz//
    past simple brought
    BrE BrE//brɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɔːt//
    past participle brought
    BrE BrE//brɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brɔːt//
    -ing form bringing
    BrE BrE//ˈbrɪŋɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɪŋɪŋ//
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    come with somebody/something
  1. 1  to come to a place with somebody/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. 2  to provide somebody/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' experience to the job.
  4. cause
  5. 3  bring 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 massive drop in income.
  6. 4  bring somebody/something + adv./prep. to cause somebody/something to be in a particular condition or place to bring a meeting to an end Bring the water to the boil. Mismanagement had brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy. The article brought her into conflict with the authorities. Hello Simon! What brings you here?
  7. make somebody/something move
  8. 5to make somebody/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 neighbours running (= made them run to her).
  9. accusation
  10. 6bring something (against somebody) to officially accuse somebody of a crime to bring a charge/a legal action/an accusation against somebody
  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. More Like This Verbs with two objects bet, bring, build, buy, cost, get, give, leave, lend, make, offer, owe, pass, pay, play, post, promise, read, refuse, sell, send, show, sing, take, teach, tell, throw, wish, writeSee worksheet.
  13. Word Origin Old English bringan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brengen and German bringen.Extra examples Did you bring anything back with you? I brought a couple of things from home to brighten the place up. I’ve brought something to show you. Remember to bring your books with you. The ferries brought tourists in their hundreds.Idioms Idioms containing bring are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example bring somebody/something to heel is at heel.  Phrasal Verbsbring A and B togetherbring somethingaboutbring somebody aroundbring something around to somethingbring back somebodybring somethingbackbring somebody somethingbackbring somebody before somebodybring somebodydownbring somethingdownbring forth somebodybring somethingforwardbring somebodyinbring in somebodybring somebody in somethingbring somethingoffbring somebodyonbring somethingonbring something on somebodybring somebodyoutbring somethingoutbring somebody out in somethingbring somebody out of himself, herself, etc.bring somebody roundbring somebody round (to…)bring somebody round (to something)bring something round to somethingbring somebody tobring somebodyupbring somethingupbring somebody up against something
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