bring to mind

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bring to mind

To cause one to think of or remember someone or something (which can be stated between "bring" and "to" or after "mind"). Can we go somewhere else for dinner? That place just brings my ex-girlfriend to mind. That song brings to mind many fond memories of my childhood.
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bring to mind somebody/something

also bring somebody/something to mind
to cause you to think of someone or something Something about her face brings to mind my first-grade teacher. My daughter said the story brought her relationship with me to mind.
Usage notes: also used in the form call to mind: He asked how I knew and I couldn't call it to mind at the time.
Related vocabulary: bring back something
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bring something/somebody to mind

to cause you to think of someone or something Something about his face brings to mind an old friend of mine.
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bring to mind

Cause to be remembered, as in The film brought to mind the first time I ever climbed a mountain. This idiom, first recorded in 1433, appears in Robert Burns's familiar "Auld Lang Syne" (1788), in which the poet asks if old times should never be brought to mind. Also see come to mind.
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