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 ?
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.
Siewert said: "We can't just put the pressure on Karlan's shoulders, so we need more strikers to score and we need competition in there, because if there's competition in training it means we bring ourselves to a higher level.
"The Biggest Little Farm," which chronicles the eight years that followed for the Chesters, captures what happens when two city folk try to really do what many urbanites only imagine before determining that we could never, really, bring ourselves to wear overalls.
Before people blame the lack of police or the easy availability of knives, I wonder how many of us, knife in hand, could bring ourselves to plunge it into another human being?
But, even if we can't bring ourselves to do that, it's comforting to know that there are people out there who loved and appreciated her and all she did for them, d Here's our promise: That tired, sad little * trainer will once again find joy in flight with a happy, earnest pilot, whether we give her that ourselves or assure that someone else does.
Alas, we cannot bring ourselves to share the mob's enthusiasm even when we get two Rajinikanths for the price of one.
Why do we feel so sorry for our male dogs that we cannot bring ourselves to subject them to such a procedure?
We need to detach, rejuvenate and bring ourselves to our center.
First and foremost, I need us to bring ourselves to face some hard facts.
"His revision notes and papers, we left on the table for months before we could bring ourselves to move them.
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."
But we cannot bring ourselves to truly search our reflection.