bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

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bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

1. To cause or inspire one to take a particular action. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used after "bring." A desire to help my community brought me to volunteer at the local soup kitchen. Your mother and I just cannot fathom what would bring you to disrespect us like that.
2. To muster the courage or resolve to do something, typically something unpleasant or frightening. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used after "bring." I'm sorry, I just can't bring myself to eat snails.
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bring someone to

to help someone return to consciousness. We worked to bring him to before he went into shock. He was finally brought to by the smelling salts.
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bring to

1. Restore to consciousness, as in I'll see if these smelling salts will bring her to. Also see bring around, def. 2.
2. Cause a vessel to stop by heading into the wind or some other means. For example, As they neared the anchorage, they brought the boat to. This usage was first recorded in 1753.
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bring to

v.
1. To cause a ship to turn toward the wind or come to a stop: Some lines were dragging overboard, so we brought the ship to and hauled them in again.
2. To cause someone to recover consciousness: I fainted, but the smelling salts brought me to right away.
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Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Jane's week, could not bring herself to receive them with pleasure before.
A woman of seven and twenty," said Marianne, after pausing a moment, "can never hope to feel or inspire affection again, and if her home be uncomfortable, or her fortune small, I can suppose that she might bring herself to submit to the offices of a nurse, for the sake of the provision and security of a wife.
Sonya burst into hysterical tears and replied through her sobs that she would do anything and was prepared for anything, but gave no actual promise and could not bring herself to decide to do what was demanded of her.
Manson Mingott had long since succeeded in untying her husband's fortune, and had lived in affluence for half a century; but memories of her early straits had made her excessively thrifty, and though, when she bought a dress or a piece of furniture, she took care that it should be of the best, she could not bring herself to spend much on the transient pleasures of the table.
Everybody would approve, she supposed, if she left it to Rose and Frank--her niece and Martin's nephew--but she couldn't quite bring herself to welcome that idea--not yet.
The consequence was that by no effort could the parson's daughter-in-law bring herself to let him know her state.
She was just attempting to do what she had attempted to do ten times already in these last three days--to sort out the children's things and her own, so as to take them to her mother's--and again she could not bring herself to do this; but now again, as each time before, she kept saying to herself, "that things cannot go on like this, that she must take some step" to punish him, put him to shame, avenge on him some little part at least of the suffering he had caused her.
Needing to find PS1000 quickly, she steals the cash from Frank but can't bring herself to hand it over.
While Wood applauds other women for naming their abusers, she says she can't bring herself to do the same--yet.
And Cleo learns of yet another shocking secret involving a close friend - but can she bring herself to make a stand this time?
Can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice to save humankind?
She told me the magazine had so much good information that she could barely bring herself to cut it up.
The 27-year-old, who is one fifth of girl band The Saturdays, admitted that she could not even bring herself to tell her husband, former footballer Wayne Bridge, about the online trolling.
This woman was so shocked she couldn't bring herself to tell her dad what had happened because of the worry it would cause him.
A source said: "It doesn't appear to have been sold but rumour has it that Sharon couldn't bring herself to part ways with the house.