bring on


verb (used with object), brought, bringing.
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.
Verb phrases
bring about, to accomplish; cause: Land reform brought about a great change in the lives of the common people.
bring around/round,
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.
bring down,
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.
bring forth,
to give birth to; deliver; bear: to bring forth a son.
to give rise to; introduce: to bring forth a proposal for reducing costs.
bring forward,
to bring to view; show.
to present for consideration; adduce: to bring forward an opinion.
bring in,
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.
bring on,
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.
bring out,
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.
bring to,
to bring back to consciousness; revive.
Nautical. to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt.
bring up,
to care for during childhood; rear.
to introduce or mention for attention, discussion, action, or consideration.
to vomit.
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.

before 950; Middle English bringen, Old English bringan; cognate with Dutch brengen, German bringen, Gothic briggan

bringer, noun
outbring, verb (used with object), outbrought, outbringing.

bring, take (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. transport; lead, guide. Bring, fetch, take imply conveying or conducting in relation to the place where the speaker is. To bring is simply to convey or conduct: Bring it to me. I'm permitted to bring my dog here with me. It is the opposite of take which means to convey or conduct away from the place where the speaker is: Bring it back here. Take it back there. Fetch means to go, get, and bring back: Fetch me that bottle. Unabridged
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bring (brɪŋ)
vb , brings, bringing, brought
1.  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?
2.  to cause to happen or occur to (oneself or another): to bring disrespect on oneself
3.  to cause to happen as a consequence: responsibility brings maturity
4.  to cause to come to mind: it brought back memories
5.  to cause to be in a certain state, position, etc: the punch brought him to his knees
6.  to force, persuade, or make (oneself): I couldn't bring myself to do it
7.  to sell for; fetch: the painting brought 20 pounds
8.  law
 a.  to institute (proceedings, charges, etc)
 b.  to put (evidence, etc) before a tribunal
9.  bring forth to give birth to
10.  bring home to
 a.  to convince of: his account brought home to us the gravity of the situation
 b.  to place the blame on
11.  bring to bear See bear
[Old English bringan; related to Gothic briggan, Old High German bringan]

bring on
1.  to induce or cause: these pills will bring on labour
2.  slang to cause sexual excitement in; stimulate
usage  The second sense of this word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bringan "to bring, bring forth, produce, present, offer" (p.t. brohte, pp. broht), from P.Gmc. *brenganan (cf. O.Fris. brenga; M.Du. brenghen; O.H.G. bringan; Goth. briggan); no exact cognates outside Germanic, but it appears to be from PIE base *bhrengk-, compound based on root *bher- (1) "to
carry" (cf. L. ferre; see infer). The tendency to conjugate this as a strong verb on the model of sing, drink, etc., is ancient: O.E. also had a rare strong pp. form, brungen, corresponding to modern colloquial brung.
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Idioms & Phrases

bring on

  1. Cause to happen, produce, as in His cold brought on an asthma attack. This usage was first recorded in John Milton's Samson Agonistes (1671): "These evils . . . I myself have brought them on." Also see bring about.

  2. Cause to appear or bring into action, as in Bring on the jugglers. [Mid-1800s]

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