bring (v.)

Old English bringan "to bear, convey, take along in coming; bring forth, produce, present, offer" (past tense brohte, past participle broht), from Proto-Germanic *brangjanan (source also of Old Frisian branga "attest, declare, assure," Middle Dutch brenghen, Old High German bringan, German bringen, Gothic briggan). There are no exact cognates outside Germanic, but it appears to be from PIE *bhrengk- (source also of Welsh he-brwng "bring"), which, according to Watkins, isbased on root *bher- (1) "to carry," also "to bear children," but Boutkan writes, "We are probably dealing with a Germanic/Celtic substratum word."

The tendency to conjugate this as a strong verb on the model of sing, drink, etc., is ancient: Old English also had a rare strong past participle form, brungen, corresponding to modern colloquial brung.

To bring about "effect, accomplish" is from late 14c. To bring down is from c. 1300 as "cause to fall," 1530s as "humiliate," 1590s as "to reduce, lessen." To bring down the house figuratively (1754) is to elicit applause so thunderous it collapses the theater roof. To bring forth "produce," as young or fruit is from c. 1200. To bring up is from late 14c. as "to rear, nurture;" 1875 as "introduce to consideration." To bring up the rear "move onward at the rear" is by 1708.

updated on December 05, 2018

Definitions of bring from WordNet

bring (v.)
take something or somebody with oneself somewhere;
This brings me to the main point
Synonyms: convey / take
bring (v.)
cause to come into a particular state or condition;
bring water to the boiling point
Long hard years of on the job training had brought them to their competence
bring (v.)
cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;
bring comments
The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area
Synonyms: work / play / wreak / make for
bring (v.)
go or come after and bring or take back;
Could you bring the wine?
Synonyms: get / convey / fetch
bring (v.)
bring into a different state;
Synonyms: land
bring (v.)
be accompanied by;
Can I bring my cousin to the dinner?
bring (v.)
advance or set forth in court;
bring charges
Synonyms: institute
bring (v.)
bestow a quality on;
She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings
Synonyms: lend / impart / bestow / contribute / add
bring (v.)
be sold for a certain price;
The painting brought $10,000
Synonyms: fetch / bring in
bring (v.)
attract the attention of;
The noise and the screaming brought the curious
bring (v.)
induce or persuade;
The confession of one of the accused brought the others to admit to the crime as well
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