Pronunciation: (bring), [key]
—v.t., brought, bring•ing.
1. 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.
2. to cause to come to or toward oneself; attract: Her scream brought the police. He brought honor to his family by his heroism.
3. to cause to occur or exist: The medication brought instant relief.
4. to cause to come into a particular position, state, or effect: to bring the car to a stop.
5. to cause to appear or occur in the mind; evoke or recall: The letter brought her memories of youth.
6. to persuade, convince, compel, or induce: She couldn't bring herself to sell the painting.
7. to sell for; fetch: These lamps will bring a good price.
8. Law.to commence: to bring an action for damages.
9. bring about, to accomplish; cause: Land reform brought about a great change in the lives of the common people.
10. bring around or round,
a. to convince of a belief or opinion; persuade: I think we can bring him around to agreeing with the plan.
b. to restore to consciousness, as after a faint.
c. to bring as a visitor: They brought around a new employee this morning.
11. bring down,
a. to injure, capture, or kill: He brought down several ducks on his last hunting trip.
b. to lessen; reduce: I won't buy that lamp unless they bring down the price.
c. Slang.to cause to be in low spirits; depress: The bad news brought him down.
12. bring forth,
a. to give birth to; deliver; bear: to bring forth a son.
b. to give rise to; introduce: to bring forth a proposal for reducing costs.
13. bring forward,
a. to bring to view; show.
b. to present for consideration; adduce: to bring forward an opinion.
14. bring in,
a. to yield, as profits or income: My part-time job doesn't bring in much, but I enjoy it.
b. to present officially; submit: The jury brought in its verdict.
c. to cause to operate or yield: They brought in a gusher on his property.
d. to present for consideration, approval, etc.; introduce: She brought in six new members last month.
15. bring off, to accomplish, carry out, or achieve (something): He brought off his speech with ease.
16. bring on,
a. to cause to happen or exist; bring about: This incident will surely bring on a crisis.
b. to introduce; cause to appear: Bring on the clowns.
17. bring out,
a. to expose; reveal.
b. to make noticeable or conspicuous in a contrast.
c. to publish, as a book or play.
d. to introduce officially into society: to bring out a debutante.
18. bring to,
a. to bring back to consciousness; revive.
b. Naut.to head (a vessel) close to or into the wind so as to halt.
19. bring up,
a. to care for during childhood; rear.
b. to introduce or mention for attention, discussion, action, or consideration.
c. to vomit.
d. to stop or cause to stop quickly: to bring up a car at the curb.
e. Naut.(of a vessel) to cause to halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; fetch up.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.