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      vb   , brings, bringing, brought   tr  
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   1       17     (See also)        bring about       bring down       bring forward       bring in       bring off       bring on       bring out       bring over       bring round       bring to       bring up  
     (Old English bringan; related to Gothic briggan, Old High German bringan)  
  bringer      n  

bring about  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to cause to happen  
to bring about a change in the law     
2    to turn (a ship) around  
bring-and-buy sale  
      n     (Brit. and N.Z.)   an informal sale, often conducted for charity, to which people bring items for sale and buy those that others have brought  
bring down  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to cause to fall  
the fighter aircraft brought the enemy down, the ministers agreed to bring down the price of oil     
2    usually passive  
Slang   to cause to be elated and then suddenly depressed, as from using drugs  
bring forward  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to present or introduce (a subject) for discussion  
2      (Book-keeping)   to transfer (a figure representing the sum of the figures on a page or in a column) to the top of the next page or column  
bring in  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to yield (income, profit, or cash)  
his investments brought him in £100     
2    to produce or return (a verdict)  
3    to put forward or introduce (a legislative bill, etc.)  
bring off  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to succeed in achieving (something), esp. with difficulty or contrary to expectations  
he managed to bring off the deal     
2    Taboo   to cause to have an orgasm  
bring on  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to induce or cause  
these pills will bring on labour     
2    Taboo   to cause sexual excitement in; stimulate  
bring out  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to produce or publish or have published  
when are you bringing out a new dictionary?     
2    to expose, reveal, or cause to be seen  
she brought out the best in me     
3    to encourage (a shy person) to be less reserved (often in the phrase bring (someone) out of himself or herself)  
4      (Brit)   (of a trade union, provocative action by management, misunderstanding, etc.) to cause (workers) to strike  
5    foll by: in   to cause (a person) to become covered (with spots, a rash, etc.)  
6      (Brit)   to introduce (a girl) formally into society as a debutante  
bring over  
      vb   tr, adv   to cause (a person) to change allegiances  
bring round   , around  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to restore (a person) to consciousness, esp. after a faint  
2    to convince (another person, usually an opponent) of an opinion or point of view  
bring to  
      vb   tr  
1    adv   to restore (a person) to consciousness  
2    adv   to cause (a ship) to turn into the wind and reduce her headway  
3    prep   to make (something) equal to (an amount of money)  
that brings your bill to £17     
bring up  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to care for and train (a child); rear  
we had been brought up to go to church     
2    to raise (a subject) for discussion; mention  
3    to vomit (food)  
4    foll by: against   to cause (a person) to face or confront  
5    foll by: to   to cause (something) to be of a required standard  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    accompany, bear, carry, conduct, convey, deliver, escort, fetch, gather, guide, import, lead, take, transfer, transport, usher  
2    cause, contribute to, create, effect, engender, inflict, occasion, produce, result in, wreak  
3    compel, convince, dispose, force, induce, influence, make, move, persuade, prevail on or upon, prompt, sway  
4    command, earn, fetch, gross, net, produce, return, sell for, yield  

bring about     
accomplish, achieve, bring to pass, cause, compass, create, effect, effectuate, generate, give rise to, make happen, manage, occasion, produce, realize  
bring down     
abase, cut down, drop, fell, floor, lay low, level, lower, overthrow, overturn, pull down, reduce, shoot down, undermine, upset  
bring in     
accrue, bear, be worth, fetch, gross, produce, profit, realize, return, yield  
bring off     
accomplish, achieve, bring home the bacon     (informal)   bring to pass, carry off, carry out, crack it     (informal)   cut it     (informal)   discharge, execute, perform, pull off, succeed  
bring up  
1    breed, develop, educate, form, nurture, raise, rear, support, teach, train  
2    advance, allude to, broach, introduce, mention, move, propose, put forward, submit  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

bring to a halt id.
put a stop to something

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
explain or bring up
underaged girl looking mature, that can thus bring somebody to jail if he is caught in a relationship with her
made with Jail and Bait
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
inclined to bring forward small faults; made to confuse in argument
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
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