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bring back

1. To cause something to regain its former popularity. In this usage, a noun can be used between "bring" and "back." Yeah, let's not bring back the leisure suit—it's not a good look for anyone. Several new artists seem to be bringing '80s pop back.
2. To return an item to its owner or to its original place. In this usage, a noun can be used between "bring" and "back." You can borrow my textbook, but please bring it back tomorrow so I can study for the test. I need to bring back these books to the library by Thursday.
3. To bring someone to a particular place or person. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "back." I'm taking my niece to the zoo tomorrow afternoon and then bringing her back to her dad's house afterward. You should bring back Dana to our house after your meeting, I want to talk to her.
4. To induce memories of one's past. That song brings back such fond memories of my childhood.
5. To reanimate a person or animal that has died. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "back." I would give anything to bring my father back—he died far too young. Do you think we'll ever bring back the woolly mammoth?
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bring someone or something back

to make someone or something return. (See also bring something back to life.) Would you please bring the child back? Bring back my child!
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bring something back (to someone)

to remind someone of something. The funeral brought memories back. The warm winds brought back the old feeling of loneliness that I had experienced so many times in the tropics.
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bring something back

to restore an earlier style or practice. Please bring the good old days back. Bring back good times for all of us.
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It definitely brings back a lot of memories when I first got here.
Defensively, the line brings back nose guard Nick Carter and defensive ends David Ikahihifo and Alan Barahona, although Barahona is expected to be out until the fourth week recovering from a broken fibula.
Leo Bebeau brings back to Computone over twenty years of successful operations, marketing and finance experience.
I grew up celebrating the Jewish holidays, and it brings back memories.
NEWHALL - Sheriff Tom Destry will ride into town again today, ready to rid the area of spurious mine claims, murder and mayhem as the Canyon Theatre Guild brings back the show ``Destry Rides Again.
What she brings back to her own campus, she said, is a lesson in listening, a reminder that sometimes taking the time to stop and hear out a concern is as valued as figuring out the problem and finding the right answer.