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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References in classic literature ?
Whatever may be the limits or modifications of the powers of the Union, it is easy to imagine an endless train of possible dangers; and by indulging an excess of jealousy and timidity, we may bring ourselves to a state of absolute scepticism and irresolution.
We can not bring ourselves to believe that the selections of the "Book of Gems" are such as will impart to a poetical reader the clearest possible idea of the beauty of the school-but if the intention had been merely to show the school's character, the attempt might have been considered successful in the highest degree.
Indeed, the great difficulty will be at once got over, if we can only bring ourselves to believe that, as soon as the old dame bade him puff, there came a whiff of smoke from the scarecrow's mouth.
Mrs Hill, who regularly visits the area from her home in Warrington to see the goats, added: "We couldn't bring ourselves to look at first - we really thought he was a goner.
Like some terrible dinner party none of us can bring ourselves to leave early.
On the way to the airport Vergel and I, despite being famished, could not bring ourselves to eat in the squeaky-clean limo with white seat covers-trimmed with lace!
Yeah, the departure of our beloved Cubs was so painful, buddies Joel, Feez and I couldnt even bring ourselves to text about it.
The conversation flowed so well that the poor waitress needed at least four attempts before we could bring ourselves to glance at the menu let alone begin making decisions.
But we cannot bring ourselves to truly search our reflection.
We have to bring ourselves to fulfilment, to integration and to coherence.
Yes, I know your benefits are being slashed and we couldn't bring ourselves to vote against it but at least we put up a reasoned amendment and plan to complain about it in committee.
We reach a plateau in the growth of our businesses and can't bring ourselves to think about what's needed to take them further.
The collection came from a call-out made to friends and online, and from an idea Vikki had talking to people about the instruments we learn as children but can't bring ourselves to get rid of.
So as our World Cup dreams lay on the floor unfulfilled and disregarded like so many Panini sticker books, it's now we have to try and bring ourselves to use that famous British spirit to look at the positives.
It is as if we cannot bring ourselves to see Palestinians as full and equal human beings and to stand up and defend them when their rights are so flagrantly violated.