(past tense and past participle brought [brɔːt] ) verb [T]
1) to take someone or something with you from one place to another
Bring a coat in case it turns cold.[/ex]
I brought that book for you.[/ex]
Could you bring me a plate from the kitchen?[/ex]
Don't get up – I'll bring your tea to you.[/ex]
2) to move something somewhere
She reached up to the shelf and brought down a box.[/ex]
3) to make someone or something come to a place
Government investment has brought thousands of new jobs to the area.[/ex]
What brought you to Chicago in the first place?[/ex]
4) to be the cause of a state, situation, or feeling
efforts to bring peace to the region[/ex]
My work brings me into contact with all kinds of people.[/ex]
The baby has brought them great joy.[/ex]
5) to make a number reach a particular total
He scored 10 points, bringing the team's total to 85.[/ex]
6) to start a legal case against someone
The authorities are expected to bring charges.[/ex]
7) to come to a particular point as you are talking or writing
This brings us to the end of this part of the discussion.[/ex]
bring sth to an end/a close — to make something stop[/ex]
can't bring yourself to do sth — to be unable to do something because it is too unpleasant, embarrassing, or sad[/ex]
He can't even bring himself to talk to me.[/ex]
boil II
- bring sth about
- bring sb/sth along
- bring sth back
- bring sth down
- bring sth forward
- bring sth in
- bring sth on
- bring sth out
- bring sb round
- bring sb/sth round
- bring sb up
- bring sth up
If you bring, take, or fetch something, you hold it and go with it to another place. But which word you choose depends on the situation. ■ Bring describes movement to another place when the speaker or listener is already there: Bring the photos when you come to visit me. ♦ I'll bring the photos to your house tonight. ■ Take describes movement to another place when the speaker or listener is NOT already there: Take the photos when you go to visit her tonight. ♦ I'll take the photos to her house. ■ Fetch describes movement to another place AND back again, bringing someone or something with you: Fetch the photos from the kitchen, will you.

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