bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

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bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

1. To cause or inspire someone to take a particular action. 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 someone to do something

to cause someone to do something; to encourage someone to do something. What brought you to do this? I was brought to do this by a guilty conscience.
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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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References in classic literature ?
'I may never see you again, for I doubt that I can ever bring myself to leave my wife and boy while they live, and the span of life upon Barsoom is often more than a thousand years.'
And so I could not bring myself to believe that such a gallant tale had been left maimed and mutilated, and I laid the blame on Time, the devourer and destroyer of all things, that had either concealed or consumed it.
My revolvers were strapped to my lifeless body which, for some unfathomable reason, I could not bring myself to touch.
We arrived at nothing very definite in the matter of Snider's punishment, since Taylor was for shooting him, Delcarte insisting that he should be hanged, while I, although fully conscious of the gravity of his offense, could not bring myself to give the death penalty.
I called Bradley and Olson on deck and told them what had happened, but for the life of me I couldn't bring myself to repeat what Wilson had reported to me the previous night.
Her manner was so straightforward and honest that I could not bring myself to believe in her duplicity; yet--Thinking to surprise her into a betrayal of her guilt, I blurted out: "The chronometer and sextant were both destroyed last night; there is a traitor among us." But she never turned a hair by way of evidencing guilty knowledge of the catastrophe.
"I knew that I could never bring myself to it, so what have I been torturing myself for till now?
"The sun will be rising in a few minutes: and, though I have basely defrauded you of your last chance of a night's rest here, I'm sure you'll forgive me: for I really couldn't bring myself to say
The disclosures suggested by what has come to light are so heartrending and so dreadful that I cannot bring myself to write about them until I am absolutely obliged to do so.
I can never bring myself to recognize anything else as valid."
And in my heart of hearts I did believe him; but I could not bring myself to say the words.
I could not bring myself to own to Raffles that I had given her only books.
I like to think I have a pretty decent death stare on me, but I couldn't bring myself to look one of those nightmarish gulls in the eye for long enough to scare it off.
In his European Tour Player blog, Johnston - nicknamed Beef - told how at November's Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa "I came off the course and couldn't bring myself to get my clubs.
'I could not bring myself to keep the cash as the owner may need it for something else,' said the 48-year-old who collects recyclables for a living.