Etymology
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upbringing (n.)

1510s, "act of rearing a young person," from up (adv.) + bringing (see bring (v.)). Mainly in Scottish in 16c.; in general use from c. 1870, according to OED. A verb upbring (past participle upbrought) was in Middle English in a sense "raise, rear, bring up, nurture" (c. 1300), but in Middle English upbringing is attested only as "act of introducing" (c. 1400).

updated on March 02, 2014

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Definitions of upbringing from WordNet

upbringing (n.)
properties acquired during a person's formative years;
upbringing (n.)
helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community;
Synonyms: breeding / bringing up / fostering / fosterage / nurture / raising / rearing
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