bring something up

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 something up

1. tv. to mention something. (Standard English.) Why did you have to bring that up?
2. tv. to vomit something up; to cough something up. I did, and he brought up a nickel instead!
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