verb (brought; bringing) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bringan; akin to Old High German bringan to bring, Welsh hebrwng to accompany Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded b. to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: as (1) attract <
her screams brought the neighbors
(2) persuade, induce (3) force, compel (4) to cause to come into a particular state or condition <
bring water to a boil
c. dialect escort, accompany d. to bear as an attribute or characteristic <
brings years of experience to the position
2. to cause to exist or occur: as a. to be the occasion of <
winter brings snow
b. to result in <
the drug brought immediate relief
c. institute <
bring legal action
d. adduce <
bring an argument
3. prefer <
bring charges
4. to procure in exchange ; sell for intransitive verb chiefly Midland yield, producebringer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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