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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"You've come down in the world if you can bring yourself to flatter."
How, therefore, could you bring yourself to send me that book, my beloved?
"In the seventh place, try, by the frequent thought of death," the Rhetor said, "to bring yourself to regard it not as a dreaded foe, but as a friend that frees the soul grown weary in the labors of virtue from this distressful life, and leads it to its place of recompense and peace."
"Go, sir," said the king; "and should I forget you (kings' memories are short), do not be afraid to bring yourself to my recollection.
Answer me honestly: can you bring yourself to do that, after what happened at Mr.
“Come,” he cried, “come, Mistress Remarkable, bring yourself to an anchor on this chair.
I think I should love you more, if that were possible, if you could bring yourself to do it, since there's no other way of escape for 'ee.
He never squandered the funds of his company nor ill-treated his subordinates, I am absolutely certain of it; I cannot imagine how you could bring yourself to write such a calumny!
From here, you can bring yourself to a state where you can actually advance out of the mood.
Heidi Mottram, who I used to work with at Northern, she said to 'bring yourself to work'.
I know what I'm doing may affect you one way or another, but you got to respond to it in the right way and make sure you bring yourself to work with a positive attitude and trying to contribute to the group," he said. 
"Every time you refused to go out for dinner, I would think she rather sit at home and watch TV, be alone, not that you couldn't bring yourself to get out of bed," she added.
IF you're one of those people who can't bring yourself to even consider watching a Christmas film until December you might want to look away now.
It's a paradise for hikers if you can bring yourself to leave the snugness of the hotel.
If you can't bring yourself to care for living ones, artificial ones will do nicely, are made very well and are easy to find.