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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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They said: "While representing lower numbers of properties brought back into use, properties that benefit from additional assistance often represent those properties which caused bigger issues for the property owners and the wider community due to the level of work and investment required.
Regular special flights are scheduled for the coming weeks to ensure that all those Pakistani nationals wishing to evacuate are brought back to the motherland, as per Prime Minister's directive.
The former Globe Theatre is being refurbished and is expected to be brought back into use very soon.
With the DNA evidence they have now, to make sure the right person is punished, the death sentence should be brought back.
James McPherson, Clydebank, said: "All-seater stadia have ruined the atmosphere so standing should be brought back.
One brought back a group of whingeing overpaid footballers.
Cadbury brought back Wispa in 2008 and sales exceeded all expectations with 41 million bars being sold in 18 weeks - the equivalent of nearly four bars per second.
That change was part of changes which included rises in the amount of alcohol allowed to be brought back to the UK.
Plans for the reintroduction in England come after the sea eagle, also known as the white-tailed eagle, was brought back to western Scotland in a project that began in 1975.
But if they're alive, they deserve to be brought back home.
The best-performing bonobo and orangutan were brought back for a more difficult test.
While things are still fresh in your mind, examine the materials you've brought back.
You can't resell any goods that you've brought back.
income tax (as long as it was not repatriated and brought back into this country).