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Related to bring to: bring to bear
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.
bring (someone or something) to
1. To cause one to regain consciousness. After Lily fainted, we used smelling salts to bring her to.
2. To stop a vessel from moving. We're getting close to the dock, so bring the boat to.
3. To add up to a certain monetary amount. Adding a drink brings your total to $8.49. I'm thrilled because my last payment brought the amount I still owe on that loan to less than $1,000!
4. To cause one to resume acting or feeling as they normally do. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "bring" and "to," and a reflexive pronoun is used after "to." I was starting to get disoriented after being awake for 36 hours straight, but a good night's rest brought me to myself.
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.
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.
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.