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bring up

1. To literally bring someone or something to a higher point in space. A noun can be used between "bring" and "up" or after "up." Try to bring your leg up a little higher when doing this exercise. Please bring up the clean clothes when you come upstairs. Be sure to bring your sister up to my apartment the next time she's in town.
2. To mention something. A noun can be used between "bring" and "up" or after "up." Don't bring up work tonight at dinner unless you want to hear Jeanne complain for three hours. I accidentally brought up Pam's surprise party to a few people who hadn't been invited.
3. To vomit. A noun can be used between "bring" and "up" or after "up." The constant rocking of the boat is going to make me bring up my lunch!
4. To care for a child or animal from a young age; to raise a child or animal. A noun can be used between "bring" and "up" or after "up." Who will bring up my children if something happens to me? I brought my now-elderly cat up from a kitten.
5. To increase something. A noun can be used between "bring" and "up" or after "up." You need to bring up your volunteer hours if you hope to meet the requirement by graduation. With the retirement age approaching, I've brought up my contribution to my 401(k).
6. To open a program or website for viewing on a computer screen. A noun can be used between "bring" and "up" or after "up." Next, you'll want to bring up the homepage. Bring up that email so I can take a look at it.
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bring someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to cause someone or something to go up with one from a lower place to a higher place. We brought them up and let them view the city from the balcony. Why did you bring up Tom? Wasn't he comfortable down there?
2. Fig. to mention someone or something. Why did you have to bring that up? Why did you bring up Walter? I hate talking about him!
3. Fig. to raise someone or something; to care for someone or something up to adulthood. We brought the dog up from a pup. We brought up the puppies carefully and sold them for a good profit.
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bring something up

 
1. Lit. to vomit something up; to cough something up. See if you can get him to bring the penny up. I did, and he brought up a nickel instead!
2. Fig. to mention something. Why did you have to bring that problem up? Then they brought up the question of money.
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bring up

1. Raise from childhood, rear. For example, Bringing up children is both difficult and rewarding. [Late 1400s]
2. Introduce into discussion, mention, as in Let's not bring up the cost right now. [Second half of 1800s]
3. Vomit, as in She still felt sick but couldn't bring up anything. This usage was first recorded in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719).
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bring up

v.
1. To move something or someone from a lower to a higher position: She brought her hand up to shield her eyes from the sun. I requested that a turkey sandwich be brought up to my hotel room.
2. To raise someone or something up to adulthood: My parents died when I was a baby, so my aunt and uncle brought me up. You will have to bring up the puppy by yourself.
3. To mention or introduce something into discussion: We were having a pleasant chat until someone brought up politics. I had some questions about the lecture, so I brought them up during the discussion.
4. To increase the amount or rate of something: We must bring up productivity in our department. Our last goal brought the score up to 3-1.
5. To make information appear on a computer screen: Can you bring up the main menu again? I brought the old webpage up to compare it with the new one.
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